TSR Subramanian, former cabinet secretary, heads a government-appointed committee that released a report last year that recommends the creation of an IES (Indian Education Service). It suggests recruitment of officers through the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).
What the HRD Ministry Says
Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister, stated during a media interaction that he sees no merit in this recommendation. He is against the process of the creation of such special service (cadre). In his opinion, education is principally a teacher-student relationship sector, and he believes that it should thus remain in the domain of academicians.
The panel had suggested that the higher-lever policy posts in both the states and the centre be progressively manned by the officials from the IES cadre. These individuals would be deployed in teaching and managerial posts like the other All India Service (AIS) officers. It also spoke about the likelihood of educational institutions borrowing IES officers – through this, their experience would be broadened and their efficiency would be enhanced eventually. This cadre could also contribute to the HRD ministry’s manning part of the national institutions.
Mr Javadekar said that a committee under a prominent educationist was being set up in order to give a final shape to draft an NEP. He hopes that to have the New Education Policy draft in the next couple of months.
In answer to other queries, Mr Javadekar guaranteed that the “diverse culture and pluralistic society” of India will be considered while formulating the expected NEP.
He also marred the fears of opposition parties that the current Modi govt would consider the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in completing the NEP.
The Union Minister claimed that this is an intentional attempt to politicise a non-political matter. The making of an NEP is aimed at an entire generation and not merely the coming few years, said the minister.