New Delhi: Through Social media platform, the Congress leader and former HRD Minister, Shashi Tharoor has welcomed the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, but asked the government for not introducing it in the Parliament first.
On Twitter, former HRD minister wrote “I’ve advocated a revision of 1986 National Education Policy since my days in HRD ministry, to bring it into the 21st century. I am delighted that the Modi Govt has finally grasped the nettle, even if it took them six years to do so. Challenge is to ensure aspiration to be matched by an implementation,” Tharoor said. He further asked Centre “For an example, the goal of 6% of GDP to be spent on education was first articulated in 1948! Every Govt articulates this target & then comes up against its own Finance Ministry. In the last 6 years, Modi led Govt expenditure in education has declined in real terms. How will it reach 6%,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP asked the Centre.”
While pointing out some of the difference between aspiration and implementation, he said that the features of the policy required more “tangible and realizable targets” for research, the investment for which has grossly declined from 0.84% of GDP in 2008 to 0.6% in 2018.