New National Education Policy gets Cabinet nod; MHRD will now be called Education Ministry

A panel led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan had submitted the draft of the new NEP to HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal when he took charge last year

Press Trust of India July 29, 2020 16:27:53 IST
New National Education Policy gets Cabinet nod; MHRD will now be called Education Ministry

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) and renamed the Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) as Education Ministry, officials said.

A panel led by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan had submitted the draft of the new NEP to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' when he took charge last year.

The draft was then put in the public domain to seek feedback from various stakeholders and over two lakh suggestions were received by the HRD Ministry about the same.

"The policy draft has been approved. The Ministry has been renamed as Education Ministry," a senior HRD Ministry official said.

The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new education policy was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) manifesto ahead of the 2014 general election.

The drafting experts also took into account the report of a panel headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian and formed by the HRD Ministry when it was being headed by Union Minister Smriti Irani.

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