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K. Kasturirangan to head panel on National Education Policy
 
(New Delhi,Jan 26, 2017):Eminent scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee K. Kasturirangan has been appointed the Chairman of the committee to prepare the final draft of the National Education Policy.

The Chairperson apart, the committee has eight members. These include the Vice-Chancellor of SNDP University, Mumbai, and educationist Vasudha Kamat; retired bureaucrat K.J. Alphonse; Princeton University Mathematics professor Manjul Bhargava; Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhau, Vice-Chancellor Ram Shankar Kureel who has written on inclusion of the marginal in mainstream education; Vice-Chancelllor of Tribal University, Amarkantak, TV Kattamani; KM Tripathy from Uttar Pradesh; Gauhati University Persian language professor Mahzar Asif, and CABE member M.K. Shridhar.

Dr. Bhargava was awarded the field medal in mathematics for his contribution to Gauss number theory. Mr. Alphonse, a former Kerala cadre IAS officer, had joined the BJP in 2011.

“The council will start its work from immediate effect. In an exhaustive democratic exercise carried for the last 30 months the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country,” said an HRD ministry release.

“Consultations were held at Tehsil, district and state level. Regional conferences were organized where state governments have given their detailed opinion. Rajya Sabha debated the issues and a special education dialogue was organized in which 48 MPs from all parties participated. Many MPs have given their views in writing. On MyGov platform 26, 000 people gave their views online,” the release said.

It added that all these inputs – alongside the inputs offered by the T.S.R. Subramaniam committee would be considered by the committee.


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