Reservation Policy: The education minister has confirmed that the National Education Policy will not dilute reservations in schools and colleges.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has recently stated that the new National Education Policy(NEP) 2020 will not dilute provisions of reservation in institutions enshrined in the Constitution,which was assumed by some citizens before.
New efforts will be made for bringing educational inclusion of SCs,STs,OBCs sus,divyang and other socio-economic disadvantaged groups,according to the education minister.He also said that successful ongoing programmes and policies will continue.
The comments by the Education Minister came following a PTI story last week which was based on CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him if the new NEP sought to end the reservation policy in the educational institutions.
“Some of my political friends have been raising doubts that the National Education Policy,2020,may dilute the provisions of reservation in the educational space of the country,”the education minister said in a statement.
“I would like to clarify with all authority in my command that there is no such intention,as is clearly reflected in NEP. The policy affirms by the constitutional mandate of reservation enshrined in Article 15 and Article 16 of the Indian Constitution,”Nishank said in a statement,as per PTI reports.
“No complaints of reservation dilution so far”
Ramesh Pokhiyal further stated, “I think it does not need any further reiteration of provisions of reservation in the policy which is already working within the framework of the Indian Constitution. It is difficult to understand the meaning of raising apprehensions after 4-5 months of the declaration of NEP, that too without any fact to support.”
Entrance examinations like JEE, NEET, UGC-NET, IGNOU were organised after the declaration of NEP, 2020, and many appointment processes were also held in educational institutions, but no complaints of dilution of reservation provision have been received so far, the minister said.
He said,”As we know the NEP-2020 emerged and evolved from rigorous consultations of all the stakeholders”students,teachers,parents,educational administrators,educaionist,non-teaching staff and society as a whole,through grassroots consultations from village level to state level,zonal and national level consultations,thematic expert consultations,scrutiny of various committees.”
“This is why this NEP has emerged as a sensitive commitment for educational inclusion of all the groups of our society,”he said,according to PTI.
Clarify NEP’s stand on reservation: Yechury
The National Education Policy 2020 was recently approved by the Union Cabinet,replacing the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986.It is aimed at paving the way for transformmational reforms in school and higher education systems.
CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury had recently written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,claiming that NEP had no mention of reservations for the Scheduled Castes,Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class communities ,and the differently-abled.
Yechury had written ,”does NEP 2020 seek to end the policy of reservations for SC,ST,OBC and disabled in educational institutions?If not,could you please clarify as to why NEP 2020 does not contain any mention of reservations?In fact,even the word”reservation” does not appear anywhere in the policy document.”