The plan of action of our new HRD Minister:
What do you do when you realise that life isn’t rolling along as smoothly as it is supposed to be? You simply re invent the wheel. This is exactly what our Prime Minister did recently. It was unquestionably a bold move to accept the fault of one’s existing paradigm and having the courage to own up to it and doing something about it.
The choice previous Minister of Human Resource and Development was not the best so far. She had lied about her educational qualifications and other stories you may have heard of. This forced Modi to replace her with someone who seems to have more knowledge about how to run the ministry.
In a recent interview, the replacement, Prakash Javadekar said that plans are afoot to increase autonomy in higher education where he feels appointments should be de-politicised.
He promised that several issues that plague the Indian education system are going to be discussed in the ministry, including the issue of bringing back board exams for grade 12.
On the need for funding education, he brought to light the fact that there is a trend that investment in private education is increasing at the rate of 8.5 per cent and government education is depleting at 4.5%. This is not a healthy trend. When governments have acted proactively , students have returned to government schools. Poor people want a good education for their children and are ready to sacrifice for it.
When asked about world class institutions, he said ,”Our resolve is to have world-class institutes on the concept of autonomy and quality . Promoting more research and innovation is needed. We have survived on reverse engineering and low-cost labour. That stage is over. We are funding projects from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 20 crore… The doors of high-end labs in foreign collaboration will also be open. “
He also assures us that he is building a robust system where appointments are entertained only on the basis of merit. Competence, efficiency and quality will be hallmarks of all appointments. It will be a transparent process of search and selection committee. Appointments will be fair.
Over all, the HRD minister seems to be en route to a much brighter future and shows a lot of promise in cleansing the existing highly flawed system. All we can do is stand by and hope for the best.
One of the new policies of the HRD minister is the new educational policy. Read about it here.