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MHRD sets up new panel chaired by Dr K Kasturirangan to draft new National Policy on Education
The MHRD has constituted a new nine-member panel to prepare the final draft of the National Policy on Education (NPE). The panel will be chaired by the former ISRO chief and Padma Vibhushan Dr K Kasturirangan.

The other panelists will consist of Vasudha Kamat (educationist, VC of SNDO University), KJ Alphonse (retired bureaucrat), Manjul Bhargava (professor of Mathematics at Princeton University), Ram Shankar Kureel (VC of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences), TV Kattamani (VC of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University), KM Tripathy (chairperson of Uttar Pradesh High School and Intermediate Examination Board), Mazhar Asif (professor of Persian, Gauhati University) and MK Shridhar (member, Central Advisory Board of Education and member secretary of Karnataka Innovation Council and Karnataka Knowledge Commission).

According a statement from MHRD, the committee will start its work with immediate effect to draft the new NPE on the basis of inputs gathered through an exhaustive exercise of last 30 months which resulted in the collection of thousands of suggestions from various stakeholders across the country.

It may be recalled, that the GoI had earlier formulated NPE in 1968, 1986 and 1992 to improve education in both rural and urban India with focus on removal of disparities; equalizing educational opportunities and improving the quality of education.

Also, a draft of NPE-2016 was put on the official website that addressed the issues of gender equity, setting up of educational tribunals, implementing a country-wide common curriculum for science, mathematics and English, rolling back of no-detention policy, promotion of Sanskrit, scrapping optional class X examination, etc. However, it was put in a cold storage and now a new draft is going to be prepared.

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