The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.
New Delhi: The much-awaited National Education Policy has been delayed yet again with an HRD ministry-appointed panel, tasked with drafting it, seeking an extension of three months till March 2018.
The move to seek an extension comes even af-ter repeated assurances by the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar that the NEP would be ready by the end of this year.
Sources stated that the committee is still holding consultations with various stakeholders and has sought an extension of three months to come up with the draft policy.
Headed by former Isro chief K. Kasturirangan, the panel was set up by the HRD ministry in June and it was supposed to submit its report this month. This newspaper had earlier reported that the NEP is unlikely to be finalised this year.
The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new National Education Policy was part of the manifesto of the BJP.
Apart from Kasturirangan, the committee has eight members including mathematician Manjul Bhargava and former IAS officer K.J. Alphonse.
Other members of the panel are Ram Shankar Kureel (VC of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, MP), Vasudha Kamat (ex-VC of SNDT University, Mumbai), M.K. Shridhar (ex-member secretary of Karnataka Innovation Council and Karnataka Knowledge Commission), T.V. Kattimani (VC of Tribal University, Amarkantak), Mazhar Asif (professor at Guwahati University), and Krishan Mohan Tripathi (ex-director of education, Uttar Pradesh)