Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has established a committee of experts with the purpose of formulating the Karnataka State Education Policy as a replacement for the National Education Policy (NEP). This move is reflected in a Government Order, which establishes a 15-member committee, along with an additional group of eight subject experts and advisors who will provide specialised guidance in this endeavor, as reported by PTI.
“The Government is pleased to accord sanction to constitute the State Education Policy Commission for preparation of draft Karnataka State Education Policy under the chairmanship of Prof. Sukhdev Thorat, an eminent Educationist. Economist, Professor, Writer and Former Chairman of UGC New Delhi,” the GO said.
The Commission has been tasked with delivering its report by February 28, 2024. The committee comprises notable members, including Prof. S Japhet, the Founding Director of the UGC-sponsored Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEEIP); Dr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Vice Chancellor of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU); Dr. Sharat AnanthaMurthy, Professor in the School of Physics at the University of Hyderabad; and A. Narayana, a Professor associated with the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University, among others.
Dr. Bhagyavana S Mudigoudra, Special Officer, Department of Higher Education, will act as the Member Secretary to the commission, and will coordinate and maintain the proceedings of the meeting.
Members are identified as subject experts/advisors for expert advice include: Prof. Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi; Prof. Rahamath Tarikere, Retd. Professor in Kannada, Kannada University, Hampi; Prof. Janaki Nair, Historian and Retd., Professor at the Centre for Historical studies, Jawaharalal Nehru University, Sonam Wangchuk, Engineer turned Education Reformer and Director of the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL), among others.
“A committee has been established, under the chairmanship of Prof. Sukhdev Thorat, to prepare the draft of the Karnataka State Education Policy. I am confident that this committee will provide suitable recommendations for nurturing scientific temperament, intellectual growth, and necessary education for the holistic development of students,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in a post on social media platform ‘X’.
“I hope the Karnataka’s State Education Policy will serve as a model education policy for the country,” he added.
Notably, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar had recently announced that the state government has chosen to discontinue the current National Education Policy implemented by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government and intends to draft a new education policy specific to the state in the upcoming year.
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