New Delhi: NEP 2020 and National Education Policy Latest News and Updates: The West Bengal state had strongly objected to the Centre’s education policy. In a meeting with the President and the Prime Minister on the national education policy, state education minister Perth Chatterjee made it clear that it would not be implemented now. Rather, more discussion is needed on this education policy. The Minister of State for Education, the Hubby, explained that they believed in the slow-moving system. State Education Minister Perth Chatterjee complained that the Center had not discussed the matter with them. The Center is trying to force a unilateral decision. Which is contrary to the federal infrastructure. He said that Bengali has been left out of the classical language. He also questioned why there was such a rush to implement the national education policy in the midst of the Corona situation.
On the same day, the Union Education Minister dismissed the state’s allegations about the national education policy. In the virtual discussion meeting, the Union Education Minister claimed without naming names, what many are complaining about language is baseless. He also claimed that those who are claiming that the Center has not discussed the matter with the state are wrong. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture. He claims to have a record of who gave his opinion in that discussion. And if necessary, he can show it. Although he did not name Bengal, he explained that the allegation made by the state education minister Perth Chatterjee was virtually baseless. The state education department formed a committee to review the relevant national education policy. The six-member committee consisted of Saugat Roy, Narsingh Prasad Bhaduri, Suranjan Das, Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury, Abhik Majumder and Pabitra Sarkar. Education Minister Perth Chatterjee also asked educationists to submit their names to the education department if they want to give advice on the issue.
In an earlier meeting with the Prime Minister and the President, Perth Chatterjee said the policy was narrowing the way for higher education. He was also vocal about the centralization and commercialization of higher education. At the same time, he protested against giving 6 percent of GDP as per the national education policy.
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