The Assam government will set up a 40-member committee to begin implementing the Centre’s new education policy (NEP) in the state, a minister said on Saturday.
The panel, headed by the chief secretary of the education department, will be set up next week.
“The committee will present its report by December 31, and by January we want to prepare the draft for implementation in the state,” Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here at a press conference.
The panel will be divided into several sub-groups to study and analyze the different facets of the new policy, he said.
The implementation of the NEP requires certain structural reforms, and the committee will work towards a smooth transition, said Sarma.
“The Assam government welcomes the new policy, which is a historic step as it will bring about the integration of different currents, art, culture and languages, especially regional languages,” said the minister.
Sarma also said that some of the reforms proposed in NEP have already started in the state.
It is a very liberal policy, in which education up to the 5th grade is taught in the mother tongue or the national language, the universalization of the education up to the 12th grade, the possibility for students to take interdisciplinary subjects in college, including that Emphasis on vocational studies said.
The new policy was approved by the Union cabinet on July 29.