Prelims level : Governance Mains level : GS-II Government Policies and Interventions for Development in Various Sectors and issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.
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  • The final draft of the New Education Policy (NEP) is said to be silent on student participation in decision-making bodies, committees, and institutional processes of a university or college.


  • The final policy draft limits giving students plenty of opportunities to be involved in sports, culture/arts clubs, activity clubs, community service projects.
  • It speaks of creating a “systematised arrangement” to support “students from rural backgrounds, including increasing hostel facilities as needed”.
  • The provision on setting up “systems and mechanisms” to enable student participation in the institutional processes of higher education institutions is missing from the document shared by the HRD Ministry.

Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE):

  • The final policy document has dropped a proposal to set up a Rashtriya Shiksha Aayog (RSA) as suggested by the Kasturirangan Committee.
  • The RSA was to be headed by the Prime Minister and was intended to replace the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE).
  • Following objections from the state governments to this proposal the proposal has been scrapped altogether.
  • The policy circulated among ministries instead speaks of strengthening CABE and giving it a greater mandate.
  • The final draft of the NEP has also dropped the recommendation on setting up a “permanent Indian Education Service (IES) cadre comprising a specialist cadre of the Bureaucracy”.



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