March 8, 2016, 2:24 pm
The Ministry of Human Resource Development receives suggestions from different stake
holders from time to time on various issues including reviewing the existing facilities provided
to all categories of students of the country. Last year, the government also initiated a
collaborative, multi–stakeholder and multipronged consultation process for a New Education
policy (NEP). Six Zonal meetings were held by the Minister of Human Resource Development
which was attended by Education ministers and officials of the States/UTs. Ministry also held
thematic consultations through apex level institutions and regulators, such as, University Grants
Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Council for
Teacher Education (NCTE), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), National Council of
Educational Research & Training (NCERT), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),
Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA),
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), National University of Educational
Planning & Administration (NUEPA), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and
Central Universities and invited relevant stakeholders including experts, academicians, industry
representatives, civil society, etc. On 33 themes of NEP, inputs and suggestions were invited
covering a spectrum of issues and challenges in education relating to access, quality, inclusive
education, bridging gender, social and regional disparities, skill development, employability, etc.
At the grassroots level, consultation covered gram panchayat, blocks, urban local bodies,
districts and States/Union Territories and suggestions have been uploaded on www.MyGov.in.
The suggestions and inputs received during the consultation process would be relevant to the
aspects of facilities for students from all sections of the society, including forward Communities/
Backwards Communities (FCs/BCs).
The Government has constituted a Committee for Evolution of the New Education Policy and
the suggestions received from all these multiple discussions have been sent to the Committee,
which is expected to examine the outcome documents, recommendations and suggestions
received and formulate a draft National Education Policy as well as a Framework for Action
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti
Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.