Bhubaneswar: Odisha Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo and School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das will be representing the State at Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting of education ministers on the draft National Education Policy (NEP) to be held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday.
“The Government of India is coming up with a new education policy. Draft resolutions of the new policy was put up before all State governments, universities and was also uploaded in the public domain to seek suggestions and objections. We will be placing our suggestions at the meeting,” informed Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahu speaking to reporters here on Friday.
Sahoo said that the State’s Higher Education and School & Mass Education departments have conducted workshops on the draft NEP with the participation of educationists and intelligentsia to gather suggestions and objections apart from holding several rounds of discussion at the departmental level.
“We will be placing the conclusions arrived at in these exercises before the Centre as suggestions,” he added.
“In the draft NEP emphasis has been laid on application of technology. The draft policy gives an exhaustive description of how technology can be applied in education from primary to higher education,” Sahoo said giving an insight into the draft NEP.
School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Das has welcomed the resolutions in the draft NEP.
“The Central government’s proposal to spend 20 percent of the GDP on education in ten years span is a welcome step,” Das said.
He said though the proposal in the draft NEP to merge pre education with primary education is another welcome step but that requires additional budget as well as classrooms and added that the Centre should provide assistance for these.