The HRD ministry chose experts and educationists from wide-ranging backgrounds to be part of the panel that is expected to recast India's education policy.
Besides Mr. Kasturirangan, who headed India's space agency ISRO, the panel includes former IAS officer and union tourism minister K J Alphonse Kanamthanam and Fields Medal winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava.
Minister Alphonse had played a key role in helping Kerala's Kottayam and Ernakulam districts achieve 100 percent literacy.
According to Press Trust of India, Ram Shanker Kureel, vice chancellor of the Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, who has wide experience in the field of agriculture sciences and management, is also part of the panel.
Dr M K Shridhar, former member secretary of the Karnataka State Innovation Council, Dr T V Kattimani, an expert on language communication, Dr Mazhar Asif, professor of Persian at Guwahati University, and former director of education, Uttar Pradesh, Krishan Mohan Tripathi also bring a wealth of experience to the panel, the sources told PTI. Besides, the committee also comprises Vasudha Kamat, former vice chancellor of Mumbai's SNDT University.
IANS reported that, according to HRD Minister, the panel held its fifth meeting two days earlier.
"They have said that we can have the first draft of the policy by December end.... It will be implemented as soon as possible after it has been debated (in Parliament)," Mr. Javadekar said during a press conference here.
The minister that it is certain that the new education policy will serve the country for the next 20 years and will be more modern, research-oriented and will produce better citizens.
Before the panel was formed, suggestions were solicited from legislators, students, parents and other stakeholders for almost two and a half years, the minister said.
On August this year, the Delhi High Court has sought reply of the Centre on a plea alleging non-representation of thousands of educational and charitable societies running unaided schools in a committee on NEP headed by noted scientist K Kasturirangan. Justice Indermeet Kaur then granted a final opportunity to the Ministry of Human Resource Development to file their reply on the Independent Schools Federation of India's plea alleging "complete avoidance of private schools imparting elementary education in the newly constituted Committee".
(With Inputs from IANS and PTI)
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