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Conclusion on no-detention revocation after states' written views: Union HRD Minister Irani
Conclusion on no-detention revocation after states' written views: Union HRD Minister Irani
PHOTO : Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani delivering speech at NIT Agartala. TIWN Pic Sept 18

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said her ministry will reach a conclusion on revocation of RTE Act's no-detention clause only after taking a comprehensive written views of states.

"We have requested all state governments to put their views in writing to us. Only after taking a comprehensive view of all written views we receive from all state governments, deliberations with academicians and child psychologists, we will reach a final conclusion," she told media persons here.

Recently, at the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting, education ministers of 20 state unanimously backed the need to amend the RTE Act to enable yearly examinations and detention of poor performers.

Irani was in Agartala to attend Zonal consultation meeting with State Govt on the national education policy.

Irani said the first draft of the new education policy will be out by December.

"The first draft will become the draft on which we will have further deliberations on. I will be visiting certain institutes across the country to understand the need of the parents and students about the policy," she added.

Earlier Union Minister arrived Agartala in the Sept 18 morning and straightway went to NIT-Agartala to meet students and faculty members.

She held five hour long meeting on the proposed new education policy with the ministers and secretaries of the region which was boycotted by the education ministers of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The ministers of Sikkim, Manipur and Tripura however joined the meeting and put before the union minister respective state govt’s position on the new education policy being formulated.

State Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty who had welcomed the union govt’s move to take all the state govt in to confidence on new policy suggested in the meeting that universalisation of education should be mandatory to boost the education scenario of the country.

He had also opposed the current policy to promote all the student of class I to VIII to upper class without evaluating their answer paper and demand to bring back past system for the future benefit of nation.

Union minister in her first visit to NIT-Agartala advised all NIT directors to introduce foreign faculty in any special topics and inter NIT student exchange programme for the betterment of the students and higher education.

She said the NE region is not lagging behind. It is a very important part of the nation and special attention is being given to this areas.

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