CHENNAI: A high-level expert committee, constituted by the Tamil Nadu government, to come out with the State's exclusive Education Policy, is expected to give its draft report by this year-end.
As the DMK government rejected National Education Policy (NEP), it formed a committee in June 2022 comprising high-level authorities, educationists, and other stakeholders to implement the State's own policy.
A senior official from the School Education Department told DT Next that at present the committee members were involved in going through all the feedback and suggestions from various quarters.
"The deadline of giving feedback and suggestions has also extended up to October 15 following requests from different quarters,” he added.
Stating that most of the suggestions indicate that there should be uniform education through out the State and that no one should be deprived, the official said: “The panel members have taken the important and genuine suggestions".
"All the feedback data will be compiled,” he said adding that after completing this work, the panel team would travel across the State to organise public hearings in important cities including Chennai, Tiruchy, Madurai, Tiruvarur, and Tirunelveli at the respective collector offices. He said the public hearing will also be taken and would be merged with the feedback and suggestion data for the final compiling of the draft policy.
Pointing out that once the public hearing was over, the members will first look into making school education policy, and then they would concentrate on higher education, the official said the final draft policy will be ready by this year-end.
"Amendments will be made in the draft policy according to the requirements,” he said adding the final policy document will be ready at the beginning of next year.
The official said that the authorities were keen in implementing the State Education Policy perhaps from the next academic year. "However, it would be finalised by ministers concern after getting the permission from the chief minister,” he said.