Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on April 8 launched the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 implementation plan for school education – ‘Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement through Quality Education (SARTHAQ).
A high-level meeting was chaired by Pokhriyal for the implementation of NEP, in presence of higher education secretary Amit Khare, School Education secretary Anita Karwal and senior officials of the ministry.
As per an official statement, the implementation plan was released as a part of the celebrations leading to the Amrit Mahotsav on 75 years of Indian independence.
SARTHAQ represents the roadmap for the implementation of NEP 2020 for the next 10 years.
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 8, 2021
The minister said, “SARTHAQ will pave the way for children to meet the diverse national and global challenges of the present and the future. It help them to imbibe 21st century skills along with India’s tradition, culture and value system as envisioned in National Education Policy 2020. SARTHAQ would benefit all stakeholders including 25 crore students, 15 lakh schools, 94 lakh teachers.”
States and Union Territories have been given the flexibility to adapt the plan with “local contextualization”. and have been allowed to modify the plan as per their needs and requirements, the Education Ministry stated.
SARTHAQ has been developed in consultation with states and UTs, Autonomous bodies and suggestions received from stakeholders. “Around 7177 suggestions/inputs were received from them. A teacher’s fest, ‘ShikshakParv’ was especially organized from 8th to 25th September 2020 for discussing various recommendations of NEP 2020 and its implementation strategies, which attracted around 15 lakh suggestions,” an official statement said.
Pokhriyal urged all the stakeholders to use the implementation plan as a “guiding star” to undertake “transformational reforms in the school education sector” adding that like the policy itself, the plan is also interactive, flexible and inclusive.
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