New education policy to focus on cultural integration

  • Brajesh Kumar, None, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2015 13:14 IST

The revamped version of the Centre’s education policy is likely to include concepts like 'cultural integration through languages', new approaches on teaching science and mathematics in schools and ranking of higher education institutions, among others.

The initial paper prepared by the Union human resource development ministry on the new education policy talks about promotion of Indian languages and it comes in the backdrop of the HRD ministry replacing German with Sanskrit as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas across India.

The new policy features would find reflection in the school education curriculum once the policy is in place. School curriculum is normally revised once in 10 years and the last revision took place in 2005.

The policy paper accessed by HT outlines 32 themes covering school and higher education.

While most of the themes are quite specific to the target, the one on cultural integration through language does not outline its objective.

The themes — 12 for school education and 20 for higher education — will be discussed at the panchayat and block levels with the government filtering people’s suggestion through a task force comprising officials from various ministries and eminent people from different fields.

For primary education, the themes include improving learning outcomes, reforming school examination systems, revamping teacher education, accelerating rural literacy, new approaches for teaching of science and maths, schools standards, assessment and management systems, and inclusive education.

For higher education, the themes are governance reforms, ranking of institutions and accreditation, quality of regulation, improving state public universities, integrating skill development in higher education, promoting cultural integration through language, private sector partnership, and financing higher education.

The first national policy on education was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992.

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