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CBSE board exam leaks a challenge, not policy failure: Prakash Javadekar

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar spoke to HT on an array of issues, including autonomous status to colleges and the CBSE paper leak exams.

education Updated: May 23, 2018 08:38 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar (PTI File Photo)

Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar spoke to Neelam Pandey on an array of issues ranging from autonomous status to colleges to the CBSE paper leak exams. Edited excerpts:

The autonomy scheme has led to protests by a few colleges.

People think it is a new scheme, which is not correct. There are 800 universities across the country, and there is no protest going on there. The scheme of autonomous colleges is going on since 1970s and there are already 635 autonomous institutes in the country and 335 have applied for autonomous status... We aren’t thrusting autonomy scheme on anyone, institutes are applying on their own.

One of the major fears is that autonomy would leak to a fee hike.

As far as central universities are concerned we have clarified that they will not increase fee. The issue with Delhi university (DU) is... under DU there are some colleges which want autonomy there are some which don’t.

What are the three major achievements of the HRD ministry?

Firstly, it is the autonomy that has been given to Indian Institutes of Management under the IIM bill which was passed unanimously in both houses of the Parliament and now the rules are also being framed which will be applicable from July 1...Second is improving quality of education and third is research and innovation. We have also got the scheme of institutes of eminence under which 20 universities will be selected — 10 each from the private and public sectors – and will be given complete autonomy...

Do you consider CBSE’s leak as a major failure of the government?

No, not at all. Paper leaks have taken place in the past too. There used to be more such leaks earlier and it has come down now. We have taken it as a challenge and which is why no other paper was leaked. It is not a policy failure but a challenge. We will ensure there are more online components to the present system...

The National Education Policy (NEP) and a single regulator for higher educational institutions was promised in the BJP manifesto but they are yet to be implemented.

We have progressed on both fronts. NEP has taken a long time because it is a big task and it is meant for the next generation (2020-2040)... We can expect NEP by June end, they have already briefed me and the policy will be implemented soon. As far as the single regulator is concerned, we have prepared the draft. It is actually bringing the processes of the UGC, the AICTE and the NCTE on the same platform ...

First Published: May 23, 2018 07:23 IST