Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian wrote to HRD Minister Smriti Irani today asking her to make public his panel’s report containing suggestions for the new national education policy — or else he will.
Subramanian was the chairperson of the five-member committee entrusted with the responsibility of assimilating feedback collected by the HRD Ministry through grassroots and national-level consultations on 33 themes and making suggestions for drafting a new education policy for the country.
Former Chief Secretaries of Delhi and Gujarat, Shailaja Chandra and Sudhir Mankad respectively and ex-NCERT chief J S Rajput are also members of the panel, which submitted its suggestions to the HRD Ministry on May 27. The last policy was made almost three decades ago in 1986.
With the report not public yet, Subramanian, sources said, has sent a three-page letter informing Irani that he, after some “soul searching”, has decided to go public with its contents. The former bureaucrat, however, did not mention when he intends to do this.
The government, sources said, is studying the recommendations and will prepare a draft education policy, which will be put in the public domain for feedback. But Subramanian has urged Irani to make the panel’s report public before finalizing the policy.