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NEP Alliance starts avant-garde concept of creating a Wiki on govt's draft National Education Policy
National Education Policy Alliance, India's diverse group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has started an avant-garde concept of creating a Wiki on the government's draft National Education Policy (NEP) to democratize the policy discourse.

The Wiki is at www.nep.ccs.in. The idea is to have an open platform to deliberate, publically collaborate and find realistic solutions for the challenges plaguing the education sector and influence the policy in a participatory manner. It is a collaborative, productive and a transparent platform for public discourse on education policy.

India has embarked on a historic mission of formulating a new National Education Policy (NEP), which was left untouched since 1992. The two official documents give a distinct idea of the contours of the NEP: One by the Committee for Evolution of the New Education Policy, headed by TSR Subramanian and the second by the MHRD titled 'Some Inputs for Draft National Education Policy 2016.'

The MHRD has also invited comments on the document with a deadline of July 31 to be mailed at - NEP nep.edu@gov.in. Both the documents are open to discussion on the platform- NEP Wiki. The launch of the participatory platform of Wiki coincides with the reshuffle in the Cabinet and Prakash Javadekar's appointment as HRD Minister.

Dr Parth Shah, Founder & President, Centre for Civil Society said in a statement, "Technology has been the most powerful tool for democratization of public space. A group of citizens and CSOs - NEP Alliance - has decided to democratize the whole policy discourse via NEP WIKI. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first in the history of Indian public policy making."

Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chair, UCL Institute of Education, University College London and Economist said, "The NEP-wiki is an excellent initiative, which will give voice to many stakeholders who feel passionately about improving the quality of education in the country. I urge the contributors to write only evidence-based critiques and suggestions, in order to make the contributions free of ideology and focus mainly on what works and what does not, to improve quality of schooling."

Wiki provides a transparent process wherein one can read the comments of all the others, as opposed to each one sending in suggestions unknown to other citizens

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