The government has undertaken a collaborative, multi-stakeholder and multi-pronged consultation process for formulating the New Education Policy (NEP), which included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations.

A press statement issued by human resources department stated that out of the 33 themes, one theme under School Education “Promotion of Languages” and one under Higher Education “Promote cultural integration through language” relates to languages. For facilitating grassroots consultations, relevant question templates were translated with the help of NCERT into 12 languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

The NEP consultation process was discussed in the meeting of Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) in August. Views of all states and members of CABE were invited on the consultation process and the themes. The entire grassroots consultation from village, block, district to State is through the State government machineries. States have also been requested to submit their views and recommendations on the New Education Policy.

Six zonal Meetings were held by the Minister of Human Resource Development in Eastern, Central, North-Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern Zones covering all States and UTs in September-October 2015 which was attended by Education Ministers and officials of the respective States/UTs. The issue regarding regional languages was discussed during zonal meetings.



By Adam