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Bengal panel to vet National Education Policy

Partha Chatterjee says the programme aims to give less emphasis on Class X board exams, introduce one-year MA courses and abolish MPhil courses
Partha Chatterjee

  |   Calcutta   |   Published 04.08.20, 01:23 AM

The Bengal government has set up a six -member committee to examine the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Monday.

The panel, which will submit its report within August 15, will review every aspect of the policy, find out its pros and cons and the extent to which  students will benefit, if at all, one of the members of the panel said.

The minister said the policy aimed to give less emphasis on Class X board exams, introduce one-year MA courses and abolish MPhil courses. The most contentious feature, though, is its ambiguous mother-language policy. There are allegations that it will end up promoting Hindi. Several aspects of the policy need to be reviewed, he said.

The members of the panel are Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, Rabindra Bharati University vice-chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhuri, chairman of the state’s syllabus restructuring committee Avik Majumdar, MP Saugata Roy, and academics Pabitra Sarkar and Nrisringha Prasad Bhaduri.

Teachers’ organisations, students and individuals can give their opinion through emails and letters by August 15.

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