According to a recent statement by the Minister for Human Resources Development (MHRD), Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha, the Union government is going to come up with a new education policy 'aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in our educational institutions'.
Modi Sarkar feels that the National Policy on Education- 1986 (amended in 1992) requires changes since 'in the last twenty years, the education scenario has seen a monumental change with the emergence of several new paradigms like rights based approach to elementary education, the endeavour to extend universalization to secondary education, reshape the higher education scenario and its impact on the innovation environment and providing an impetus to skill development through vocational education in the context of the emergence of new technologies in a rapidly expanding economy placed in a globalised environment', as indicated by a PIB release.
However, the stress will be a National System of Education to provide all school students 'access to education of a comparable quality irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex'. We must expect changes in the curriculam of language and social sciences along with changes in the content of the books.
Irani has asked MHRD officials to prepare a detailed cabinet note paving way to set up a National Commission on Education to frame a new policy on education.