BUILDING CONSENSUS FOR A NEW EDUCATION POLICY
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has released a draft of the New Education Policy, 2016 (NEP) envisioned as a comprehensive blueprint to steer India's education ecosystem—its priorities, mechanisms and possibilities in the coming decades. We, at CCS, have been working towards building a civil society dialogue on the NEP since it was first announced in 2015, advocating for an education ecosystem that keeps students first—that which promotes CHOICE, ACCOUNTABILITY & INNOVATION. Our advocacy efforts involved:
THE NEP WIKI
The NEP Wiki is a public platform to democratize the discourse on New Education Policy Draft issued by the MHRD. It's more transparent, more collaborative, and more productive! It's your platform to rethink education, to make recommendations to the MHRD, to heed several different views, to dialogue, and to participate in policy-making. It's your chance to make your ideas heard!
Investors Roundtable on the NEP on 28 July 2016 brought together 28 participants including prominent philanthropists, corporate and business leaders from Mumbai to dialogue on the MHRD NEP draft, and to think together for reforms as critical stakeholders in education in the country. The consultation consolidated diverse perspectives on the existing NEP proposal, along with a plan for collaborative action to put forth key recommendations to the MHRD.
Policy Analyses on MHRD's draft report of the NEP in line with CCS's key values and principles of education reform. Our team continues to work to consolidate its critique through inputs from scholars and experts including Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor, University College London; Ambrish Dongre, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research; Ekta Sodha, Vice-President (Quality), National Independent Schools Alliance, and Vyjayanthi Sankar, Founder & Executive Director, Centre for Science of Student Learning.
PRINCIPLES, PRIORITIES & PRACTICES
After discussions and debates through roundtables and consultations and collecting feedback on NEP Wiki (www.nep.ccs.in) and from surveys across India, CCS has put together ideas for new education policy--CCS Recommendations for NEP. They cover all three areas of school, higher and vocational education and are presented in a easy to read ppt format. The school education reforms (CCS Ideas for School Reforms) is also in a larger document and the data, logic and rationale used in the this could be applied to higher and vocational education reform ideas.