The Government has been committed to implementing the Commission?s recommendations. The action taken includes:
Right to education
- The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2008 has been introduced in the Parliament.
English language teaching
- Under the Scheme for Universal Access and Quality at the Secondary Stage, 6000 high quality Model Schools are being set up, with at least one school in each Block. The fi rst stream will consist of 2500 public funded schools (2000 in KVs and 500 in NVs template) in the Educationally Backward Blocks which have a signifi cant SC, ST, OBC and minority population. The second stream of about 2500 schools would be set up through Public Private Partnership in other Blocks with emphasis on geographical, demographic, gender and social equity. Modalities for the remaining 1000 schools have yet not been fi nalised.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
- Twenty fi ve states have already introduced English as a subject from Class I. With the help of NCERT and CIEFL, the MHRD is guiding English Teaching in schools in the states/UTs by developing appropriate curriculum, materials and training of teachers with skills in English.
Higher and technical education
- For expansion, redesign and quality enhancement of VET in the country a three tier structure has been constituted in July 2008 under the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) consisting of:
a) National Council on Skill Development: The functions of the Council under the Prime Minister would be to lay down policy objectives, strategies, fi nancing and a governance model to promote skill development.
b) National Skill Development Coordination Board: The Board will enumerate strategies to implement decisions of the Prime Minister?s National Council on Skill Development. It would develop operational guidelines and instructions for meeting larger objectives of skill development needs of the country and also make appropriate practical solutions and strategies to be adopted by the Union and State Governments.
c) National Skill Development Corporation: It will develop a system of institutionalising measures to this end.
- To expand capacity and improve quality of higher education, the Government has sanctioned the setting up of 15 new Central Universities and 14 new Universities based on world-class standards.
- The Government is in the process of setting up eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), 10 National Institutes of Technology (NIT), 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) as far as possible in the Public-Private Partnership mode, three Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), seven Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and two Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPA).
- The Committee for Rejuvenation and Renovation of Higher Education has been set up for the review of UGC/AICTE.
- The Science and Engineering Research Board Bill 2008 has been introduced in the Parliament.
- The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been launched to leverage the potential of ICT in the teaching learning process with an aim to enhance the GER in Higher Education by 5 percentage points by the end of the XI Plan. Under this Mission 20,000 institutions of Higher Education and nearly 10,000 University Departments will be provided connectivity, beginning with a minimum of 5 Mbps for each one of them. The Central Government will bear 75 per cent of the connectivity charges for 5 years, even for institutions not belonging to it. The estimated cost of the Mission is Rs. 4612 crore.