The Ministry of Human Resource Development has renamed as Ministry of Education, as per the draft recommendations of the New Education Policy, 2020. The formal announcement is likely to be made by I&B minister Prakash Javadekar and the education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal later in the day when they release the New Education Policy.
It is worth noting that the Ministry of Human Resource Development was called education ministry before 26 September 1985, when PV Narasimha Rao became the first HRD minister in the Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet. Subsequently, the next year, 1986, the New Education Policy was introduced.
The name change was a key recommendation of the draft New Education Policy, which has also been cleared in Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, sources said. The HRD ministry name was adopted in 1985, during the tenure of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, as it was changed from ministry of edcuation.
A group of experts, led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, had first proposed the name of the ministry should be changed again. This was also the demand of RSS affiliates who have previously stated that former PM Rajiv Gandhi had changed the name of the education ministry to HRD ministry in September 1985 under the advice of some “people who may have misled him”.
Sources said the change in the name of the ministry has been proposed in order to focus on education and learning.
The National Education Policy was adopted in 1986 and the last time it was modified was in 1992. In May 2019, the Modi government presented the draft NEP which looks at providing quality education to every child in the age group of 3-18 by 2030.
The New Education Policy includes extension of Right to Education Act 2009 to cover children of ages 3 to 18 and also seeks to reduce content load in school education curriculum.
According to the draft policy, there will be no hard separation of learning areas like science and humanities in terms of curricular. There will also not be any separation between co-curricular and extra-curricular areas and all subjects, including arts, music, crafts, sports, yoga, community service, etc. will be curricular.
New National Education Policy 2020 gets Cabinet Approval
The New Education Policy, NEP has been approved by the Union Cabinet today. The announcement would be made later today. Also the Ministry of Human Resource Management, MHRD has been renamed as Education Ministry. The students and the educationists can check what to expect from the New National Education Policy here.
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had informed earlier that the new education policy, NEP would be resolving various issues in the education sector. He also said that the new policy would help the youth take up higher education more easily. The announcement is expected by 4 pm today. It would be made by Union Minister Prakash Javedkar and the HRD minister Dr Pokhariyal at the National Media Centre.