Centre allays Oppn worries on Draft Education Policy

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting. Photo-PTI

FILE: File photo of Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister. Photo-PTI

Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar asserted that the government’s draft education policy will not be tinkering with the constitutional provision regarding reservation and minority institutions. Speaking in Rajya Sabha on the last day of Monsoon session, Javadekar said that government is seeking suggestions and inputs from everyone.

The opposition had, on Thursday, slammed BJP-led NDA government’s draft education policy as the one “lifted out of RSS documents”.

Stating that the government wanted suggestions on the draft policy from everyone and has even extended the time-limit by one month to September 15, Javadekar said, “We are not tinkering with Constitutional provision with regard to minority institutions or reservation”.

As the debate on the draft education policy had remained inconclusive on Thursday, Opposition and some other members protested and demanded that the debate be concluded. They further wanted the minister to give a detailed reply.

FILE: Fiel photo of Sitaram Yechury.  Photo - RSTV

FILE: Fiel photo of Sitaram Yechury.
Photo – RSTV

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, however, said the short-duration discussion was not over and it would be completed whenever time permits, including in the next session.

On Thursday, the opposition had slammed central government over the draft policy calling it a one having stamp of the RSS all over it.

“The draft policy was a lift from an RSS document presented in Amarkantak and in the name of Vedic education, the study of history is being converted into the study of Hindu mythology, the study of Indian philosophy into a study of Hindu theology,” Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said.

“This draft actually contains a prescription for three Cs — that is centralisation, commercialisation and communalisation. These three Cs are the running thread of this draft if you examine it,” Yechury said underscoring his claims.

FILE: File photo of Kapil Sibal. Photo - RSTV

FILE: File photo of Kapil Sibal.
Photo – RSTV

Seconding Yechury’s contention, former HRD minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had asked the government to junk this draft and start afresh by taking “us into confidence”.

“Education is ideology neutral. No education system can survive in the world if you infuse ideology in the textbooks… You are trying to bring about a change in the education system outside your education policy by bringing ideology in every institution in India,” Sibal said.

Targeting the government over attacks on minorities and SC/STs, he recited a couplet “Shaktiman ki laat todi, Vemula hi himmat, jo chatron pe vaar kare kaise hogi who sangat (you broke the leg of Shaktiman horse in Uttarakhand, demoralised Rohith Vemula, how would be the party which attacks students?)”.

Demanding the government to rework on the draft policy which “serves long-term interest of the country”, the Congress leader accused the Centre of “saffornising” every post in the country from governors, VCs, head of institutions or IIT directors.

(With inputs from the PTI)