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From the ‘secret’ report

Print edition : July 08, 2016

Frontline has accessed a copy of the T.S.R. Subramanian Committee’s report through independent sources since the report is yet to be made public. Following are some of the key recommendations:

  • Value education must be made an integral part of education as students need to be developed as responsible citizens of a globalised world. They should be able to respect women, the elderly, know not only their fundamental rights but fundamental duties as well, and appreciate the values of discipline, punctuality, human rights, cleanliness and regularity.
  • IT tools to be integral part of the learning process.
  • The Union Human Resource Development Ministry should have the assistance of a permanent expert body, which may be called a Standing Education Commission, in view of emerging challenges.
  • Educational institutions should not be allowed to become political arenas to settle political scores at the national level and student involvement in political activities must be curbed. There should be a cap on the duration of a student’s stay on the campus and periodic benchmarks of progress should be set for research scholars.
  • Education, which is a vast and immensely important sector, needs to be managed by professionally qualified personnel; an all-India education service, on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service, should be set up.
  • Students from socially or economically weaker backgrounds should be given support in reaching desired outcomes.
  • The outlay for education should be increased to at least 6 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
  • The criteria for selecting teachers should be transparent and merit-based.
  • Right to education should be extended to the pre-primary and secondary levels.
  • Vocational education should be mainstreamed.
  • The policy of not detaining students in the same class should be discontinued after Class 5.
  • Minority institutions should be brought under the purview of the Right to Education Act.
  • The Class X board examination should be made universal, but there should be two levels in science and mathematics.
  • The appointments of Vice-Chancellors should be depoliticised; the process of selection should be merit-based and transparent to ensure they work independently and without pressure.
  • The University Grants Commission should be made leaner and it should manage only the national fellowship programme without any regulatory or promotional work.

Purnima Tripathi

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