Kolkata: The struggle between the Union government and the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee has now reached the education section.
State Education Minister Bratya Basu announced on Thursday evening that the state government has decided to formulate its own State Education Policy (SEP) and not to implement the national education policy formulated by the Union government.
“The Union government, like many other aspects, tries to impose the NEP on the various state governments. However, we do not agree with this and therefore decided to formulate the state’s own education policy,” he told the media.
A 10-member committee has been formed to report on this count within the next two months. This includes Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, the famous Columbia University professor, historian and former Trinamool Lok Sabha Congressman, Sugata Basu, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Suranjan Das and Sanskrit language scholar, Nrishinha Prasad Bhaduri, among others.
State education department sources told IANS that the committee, before submitting said report within the next two months, will also study independent education policies pursued by the state government not BJP, like those in Maharashtra and Kerala.
Bhaduri said the state government has every right to have its own education policy. “Anyway, it is a welcome move. A country like India with such a diversity of cultures and such a large population can never have a uniform pan-Indian national education policy,” he said. he declares.
According to the arguments of the Union government, the national education policy aims to increase the gross enrollment rate in higher education, including vocational education, from 26.3% (2018) to 50% by here 2035.