New Delhi: Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), on Tuesday held a roundtable discussion on “Draft National Education Policy 2019″, Specially in the context of the report submitted by The Committee for Draft National Education Policy which proposes an education policy, which seeks to address the challenges of, access, equity, quality, affordability, and accountability faced by the current Education System.
The Chief guest on the occasion was Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE. The Educationist shared their thoughts and deliberated upon the key insights to help the sector rise to the challenges of global education ecosystem and spoke about Previous Education Policies.
The roundtable Discussion on “Draft National Education Policy” was presided by Dr G Viswanathan, President, EPSI . The session was moderated by Dr H Chaturvedi, Alternate President, EPSI. Dr GD Sharma, President, SEED, New Delhi; Padma Shri Dr. Pritam Singh, Former Director, IIM, Lucknow; Chetan Sungai, Deputy Director, Ramiah Public Policy Center, Bangalore; P Palanvel, Executive Secretary, EPSI shared their expert views amongst others.
Delivering the Welcome Address, Dr H Chaturvedi, said,
“This is a very landmark time of the country when the third education policy is being formulated. First report was known as the report of the kothari Commission in 1968. And the second policy was approved in 1986 but because of the political changes at the centre the policy was on hold and the police came in 1992. After 26 years gap the country is thinking afresh about education sector.”
“You know that the world has changed so radically and drastically in last 26 years. We have liberalized our economy. There are lots of changes in science, technology, transport, mobility. Before 1992 there was another India and now in 2019 there is another India.” added Chaturvedi.
Addressing the Roundtable, Dr G Viswanathan, President, EPSI said,
“The committee recommends transperency in the public funding. So far we don’t know how much is given to somebody etc. I hope it will happen in the future. All the universities will be phased out in three type of universities. By 2032 affilating system will come to an end. Regarding Accreditation, the committee says the maximum it will go for 10 years and after 2030 there will be no graded Accreditation. It will be only yes or no.”
He further said, “Another important recommendation is 20 percent of students. In every program there will be 100 percent fee waiver. It’s a very intresting suggestion. The previous committe recommended 10 Thousand scholarships should be given by central government every year but this is much more than that. If they are going to take 20% it will come to around 65-70 lacs students. Even this 50 thousand per year. It will come to around 35 crores a year. Who will pay this? State governments, Central government?.”
Chief Guest, Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE delivering his address said,
“Policies started from Pre-Indepence Era for education. There was very famous policy of 1986 and more than three decades have been passed. Between different policies you may be have tweeking here and there. Any education policy wants the nation to be having high gross enrollment ratio,which we started with 0.7 percent and we have reached 28 percent. The goal may be 30 percent by 2020. Than increase to 40 percent, 50 percent or 60 percent. That is the goal and aim we should move ahead.”
Pradeep Kumar Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University and Chairman, SGI address the Roundtable said,
“I have been discussing the matter with the Parliamentrian Commite,few of the members of parliament and at BJP Headquarters. We are Devils in Public life, it’s a fact. Any government comes they only try to please the voters. The New Education Policy which is considered to be very good but there are lots of flaws. In Every document they are saying they are giving Autonomy but on the other hand they don’t allow Institute to charge their fees accordingly. These Universities are not built In a day.”
The Roundtable discussion was further followed by the the Felicitation of the
parliamentarian, who are educational entrepreneurs and have done stupendous work in the area of Education.
Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar, MP, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu; Prof. Achyuta Samanta, MP, Kandhamal, Odisha; Dr. S Jagathrakshakan, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu; Krishna Devarayalu Lavu, MP, Constituency, Narasaraopet were felicitated by EPSI on this occasion . M.P.s thanked EPSI for organising Round Table and felicitating them . M.P.s also shared their thoughts on the education sector and also on the Draft Policy.
Programme ended with the vote of thanks by P Palanvel, Executive Secretary, EPSI.