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Central Advisory Board of Education to discuss guidelines for education council tomorrow

Central Advisory Board of Education to discuss guidelines for education council tomorrow

Urmi A Goswami, ET Bureau Apr 1, 2013, 04.02AM IST

NEW DELHI: Six months after the National Education Commission appeared to be a done deal, the human resource development ministry is reworking the mandate of the panel. The guidelines for the third education commission will be discussed at the meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) at its meeting on April 2.

Human resource development minister MM Pallam Raju would like to consult CABE, which includes state representations, on the Education Commission, to improve implementation of the suggested policy guidelines by the states. "Consulting the states would ensure better implementation and ensure that their concerns and vision for the sector is taken on board as well," a senior official explained.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced the government's plan to set up the third National Education Commission on August 15, 2011. The terms of reference and composition of the commission had been prepared during the tenure of former HRD minister Kapil Sibal. The ministry had suggested that eminent sociologist and Professor Emeritus at the Delhi School of Economics Andre Beteille be asked to head the panel.

Though the commission had been finalised following discussions with the PMO and the prime minister, a final announcement had not been made. Shortly after, Sibal moved out of the ministry, leaving the task to his successor MM Pallam Raju. A senior official said while the Commission's composition and terms of reference had been worked out and finalised, Beteille had not been formally approached to head the Commission.

Raju is understood to favour giving the idea of giving the Commission broad guidelines instead of specific ones-highlighting key areas such as technology and teachers. The ministry had prepared a 22-point agenda for the Commission to consider while providing the framework of a national policy to address the needs and challenges of the education system in the 21st century.

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