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J&K to formulate its own education policy

The state government recently constituted an expert panel to work on formulating an education policy for Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2013 18:08 IST
Navneet Dubey

The state government recently constituted an expert panel to work on formulating an education policy for Jammu and Kashmir.

"For the past so many years, we have been working according to the central education policy we had adopted. For long, it was being felt that we need to adopt a policy which suits our state's requirement. So, in order to redraft the education policy, we have constituted an expert panel. We want a policy which pertains to our environment and is as per our requirement", said Hirdesh Kumar, state education secretary.

Desiring an education policy which could also envisage future needs, Kumar said, "The panel will also work on a School Education Vision Document 2025, which deals with the kind of scenario that may exist after 15 years and how to meet and incorporate such requirements in our policy. A vision document will provide us a direction for the future."

The expert panel will also work on formulating a new language policy, he said, adding, "Right now, in J&K, English language is the main medium of education in schools. We want to have a new language policy so that we can teach in multiple languages, and the mother tongue at primary levels."

Kumar added, "The state is in the final stages of making a new law more advanced than the Centre's Right to Education Act. The finance and planning departments have given their approval to this proposed law, and the matter is now with the law department. We hope to get approval soon."

"While the Centre's Act gives children aged between six and 14 years the right to education, our law will provide for children between four and 16 years," he claimed.

The panel will furnish the report with its recommendations within three months.

The panel comprises academicians, intellectuals, activists and experts including, Prof Farida Khan, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, as the chairperson; Masud Choudhary, former vice-chancellor of BGSB University, Rajouri; Prof Ramakant Agnihotri, advisory of Vidhya Bhawan Society, Udaipur (Rajasthan); Prof AG Madhosh, former dean, Faculty of Education, University of Kashmir; Prof Rekha Choudhary, former dean, Research Studies, University of Jammu; Sonam Angchuk, SECMOL, Leh; Prof Ajit Angral, Jammu; Dr Nandini Manjreker, School of Education, Centre for Sociology, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai; Jamal Kidwai, director of Aman Trust, New Delhi; and GN Masudi, former joint director principal SIE, Srinagar.