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Education is a national agenda, not a political one, says Javadekar

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that he has convened a meeting of all Members of Parliament to elicit their opinions on formulating the National Education Policy (NEP).

“All stakeholders in the education sector should give suggestion to formulate the policy and we have already discussed with students and teachers about the problems in the system,” Javadekar said while inaugurating a seminar ‘Iinnovating India’s Schooling’ organised by Isha Foundation here.

As part of it, he has convened a meeting with all MPs of various political parties on November 10, as education was a national agenda and not a political one, to shape up the future generation.

“The NEP has five pillars – accessibility, equity, quality, affordability and over all accountability,” he said.

“Though the country has achieved and expanded in the field of the education for the last 70 years, it still has to achieve quality education to reach 70 million of students of KG to PG,” he said adding that the British had tailored the education to create manpower to their requirements.

In his address Isha Foundation founder Jaggi Vasudev said that India’s education system was largely a remnant of the colonial agenda.

“We have done small changes, but not rethought of education. Since India is home to the one-fifth of world’s population education is of supreme importance,” he said.

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