Congress and former HRD Minister Shashi Tharoor have welcomed the National Policy on Education (NEP 2020) but have also asked the government to not bring it to Parliament earlier. Through his many tweets, he raised many questions on the BJP-led government.
He tweaked, something we welcome in the new Education Policy 2020 (# NewEducationPolicy2020) announced by HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Some of us had given many suggestions, it seems that those suggestions have been taken into consideration in the new learning. However, the question remains as to why it was not brought to Parliament earlier.
After this, Shashi Tharoor gave the characteristics of education in which some important challenges were listed. He said that the government should keep in mind that the schemes that are made should also be implemented.
Congress leader Tharoor said, ‘I have been advocating for amendment in the education policy since 1986, since I was the Human Resource Development Minister. So that it can be prepared in the context of 21st century. I am happy that the Modi government took advantage of the last chance and brought new learning. However, it also took 6 years for the government to come. Now the challenge is to implement the policy as it is.
Talking about the current government spending on education, he said, “It is laudable to have 50 percent enrollment target in higher education and 100 percent in secondary, but when you look at it you will find that currently 25.8 percent students are in higher education and 68 percent. Students enroll in class 9. The commitment that the government shows towards Paris Solar Energy is not in the matter of education, which is surprising.
He further said that since 1948 it has been the goal of governments that 6 percent of GDP should be spent in education. Every government makes this goal and then works against its own Ministry of Finance. In fact, in the last 6 years of the Modi government, the expenditure on education in education has been cut. Now the question is, how will this expenditure reach 6 percent?
He said that there is a need to set more realistic targets for research of National Education Policy. Research and innovation in India accounted for 0.84% of GDP in 2008, which came down to 0.6% in 2018. Today there are a total of 15 researchers per one lakh population in India. Which is 111 in China.
Let us tell you that after 28 years, the new education policy has been approved by the Union Cabinet. In this, it is recommended to teach primary level in the local language. With the arrival of foreign university to India has been made easier, it has also been decided to create a regulatory body for higher education. Apart from this, steps have been taken to make board exams easier.