ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Dithering Higher Education Policy

The practices of the government in the past few years and the intent of the draft National Education Policy, 2019, seem to be in contradiction. The policy offers high ideals, but may fall short in practice, as the conflict of interest is between promoting privatisation and ensuring the public nature of education, and between market friendliness and ascertaining the interests of the people.

In the field of higher education, the intent and the practices of the central government in the last five years seem to be in contradiction with the recently drafted National Education Policy (NEP), 2019, prepared by the Kasturirangan Committee. The government has promoted privatisation and market-friendly practices such as increased competition, ranking, self-financing and market loans in the past years. The draft NEP on the contrary, recommends the most ideal ecosystem of higher education, financed by the government.

It would indeed be interesting to see how these working practices directing higher education towards private funding and governance will get accommodated in the final draft of NEP, with its high ideals of state-supported university system governed by the academia through democratic bodies. The final policy may contain some idealistic statements and may also partially follow the recommendations, but also allow the direction of reform that has been followed in the past five years, in favour of privatisation.

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Updated On : 17th Jun, 2019
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