Cabinet approves renaming HRD Ministry as Ministry of Education

In a recent and major Cabinet decision today, the long-pending National Education Policy has been finally approved. According to the policy, the HRD Ministry (Human Research and Development) will be renamed as the Education Ministry or the Ministry of Education.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Union HRD Minister and Prakash Javadekar, I&B Minister on Wednesday will brief the media on the same lines at 04:00 pm and will give an elaborate development on the approved national Education Policy. On the foundational pillars of ‘Equity, Affordability, Access, Accountability and Quality’ was formed the Draft National Education Policy in 2019 by a committee led by Chairman Dr K Kasturirangan.

The National Education Policy affirms on restructuring the education system in India and this change of name of the HRD Ministry as the Ministry of Education is seen as a major step towards achieving the long-term goal. The committee headed by Dr Kasturirangan believes that this major step will bring the much-needed focus on learning and education.

Moreover, an independent regulatory body will be created called the State School Regulatory Authority, according to the new education policy. One of the major highlights of the policy includes providing pre-primary education to all by 2025. Also, the policy involves making it compulsory for all children falling in the age criteria of 03-18 years to attain school education. The policy further adds “The Languages of India” in order to promote and preserve all Indian languages, local or national.

Initially, when the National Education Policy (NEP) draft was formulated, there was an opposition faced by the policy from the southern states on the grounds of Hindi language being imposed on the states. Soon after the NEP draft was reconstructed and thereafter there was no mention of Hindi as a compulsory language. It also stated that the students would be free to choose any language they prefer.

Keep watching this space for more updates on the Cabinet decision.

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