Asked by the Lok Sabha whether there were plans to amend the existing reservation rules under NEP 2020, Mr Pokhriyal made the remarks in response.
The Union Education Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, on September 14, said that there were no plans to amend the existing reservation norms in the new National Education Policy. Mr Pokhriyal responded to questions asked in the Lok Sabha whether there were plans to amend the existing reservation rules under NEP 2020. “There is no question of revising the reservation policy,” he said.
NEP 2020, approved by the Union Cabinet in July, aims at innovative transformation in the school and higher education system, and building India's education system as a “global knowledge superpower”.
There has been enough opposition to the National Education Policy soon after it was released by the Union Cabinet on July 29. Many student and teacher bodies had reportedly said that the government had taken advantage of an extraordinary situation to pass the NEP 2020.
Referring to the NEP as a threat to democracy, the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), had said, “DUTA's opposition to the draft NEP rested, among other things, on its proposal to dismember universities and handover every higher educational institution to a Board of Governors, which is to enjoy all powers hitherto vested in the governing authorities of colleges and universities as well as the UGC and other regulating bodies. DUTA calls upon the government to desist from bulldozing changes which will have grave consequences for our country and instead to engage in a dialogue with academia. The proforma feedback system on important policy matters whereby opinions are sought but not debated is not acceptable. It threatens democracy and jeopardises peoples' future.”
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