National Education Policy

Dhwani is pleased to host a talk and discussion on the Draft National Education Policy 2016, by Professor Amman Madan of Azim Premji University, Bangalore, on Thursday the 15th of September 2016, at 5pm at Kanada Auditorium.

Prof. Madan’s study and research focus on the sociology of merit, and education and social stratification. He worked at JNU, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, IIT Kanpur and Tata Institute of Social Sciences before joining APU. He is also associated with several NGOs and is part of the editorial collective of the Contemporary Education Dialogue.

An abstract from the speaker follows.


The current government in the Centre has been moving towards a revised National Education Policy. Such policies are important public statements of the priorities of a state and, while never being implemented fully to the letter anywhere, do have a considerable impact on subsequent developments in their field. They should therefore be subject to widespread debate and discussion by experts – education researchers, policy analysts – and by different stakeholders including academics, non-academic staff, school teachers, students and members of the general public.

This talk will engage with the latest MHRD document in the public domain which describes proposals for the New Education Policy, “Some inputs for draft National Education Policy 2016”. It will try to highlight some shifts and continuities with the previous National Education Policy 1986, as revised in 1992. There are many aspects which deserve discussion, but my talk will restrict itself to three: (a) the question of saffronization and whether this has been promoted in the MHRD’s document; (b) social inequality and how the present proposals have tried to deal with it and (c) privatization of education and how the inputs document looks at it.

“Some inputs for draft National Education Policy 2016” is available from the MHRD’s website: http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/Inputs_Draft_NEP_2016_0.pdf

The National Policy on Education 1986/92 and 1968 are available from the NCERT website: http://www.ncert.nic.in/oth_anoun/npe86.pdf

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