October 19, 2015 3:10:30 am
NOT SATISFIED with the feedback from stakeholders in schools and higher education institutes for the National Education Policy (NEP) as invited by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), the Gujarat education department has roped in experts from Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad for “meaningful” suggestions.
“We have tried to involve everybody associated with education. I have scheduled a meeting with IIM-A experts next week, the report of which will be submitted to the chief minister,” said state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. The deadline for submission of the report has been extended by the MHRD to October 30.
However, the reason cited by sources is a report by the department that is not ‘up to the mark’. After analysing the feedback, it was realised that it was not of desired quality and the state can submit a much better report to the MHRD. The feedback received reflects that it has been given for the sake of making a presence and not to its true cause. Thus, it was decided to approach an independent expert agency that can give a viewpoint of its own,” revealed a senior education department official.
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It was further learned that the emphasis of roping in IIM-A is to support the report with feasible ideas to improve quality of education at all levels. This has also been the focus of the education department which has implemented various schemes like “remedial action plan” based on the annual evaluation programme – Gunotsav – and penalising teachers for failing to achieve board results above 30 per cent.
The IIM-A has already worked on several projects with the state education department. The recent was the tri-party memorandum of understanding (MoU) on innovations in education to improve quality of education between IIM-A’s Ravi J Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation (RJMCEI-IIMA) headed by Vijaya Sherry Chand, Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT) and Gujarat Educational Innovations Commission (GEIC).
The feedback report prepared by the state education department has already gone through various consultations and brainstorming over the last six months. The feedback process monitored by two core groups with eight and six officers each for school and higher education, respectively has already covered 14,050 villages over 26 districts in the state.
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