BioVoice News June 2016 Issue 2 Volume 1 - Page 51

NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY AWAITS IMPLEMENTATION BY THE HRD MINISTRY The Committee for the evolution of a National Education Policy has submitted the report containing its recommendations to the Ministry of HRD. The policy draft has already been through intense deliberations and public consultations over the period of 9 months in 2015. Committee constituted by the government of India comprised of Mr T S R Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary as the Chairman and Mrs Shailaja Chandra, former Chief Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Mr Sevaram Sharma, former Home Secretary, NCT of Delhi, Mr Sudhir Mankad, former Chief Secretary, Gujarat & Prof J S Rajput, former Director, NCERT as its members. BCIL CONDUCTS FEEDBACK CONSULTATIONS ON REVISED MSC BIOTECH SYLLABUS education The Committee during its tenure examined the large body of outcome documents, recommendations and suggestions received from the various consultations. The Committee also had several meetings with various stakeholders and held regional consultations as well as undertaken field visits to educational institutions. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India had undertaken a consultation process for framing a New Education Policy (NEP). The process included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations on 33 themes. The online consultations on portal were held from January 26, 2015 to October 31, 2015 and over 29,000 suggestions were received. Taking into cognizance the changing needs of the economy and to keep abreast with the latest developments and also to meet the needs of skilled manpower in rapidly advancing field of biotechnology, it has been felt that there is a need to revise and update the curricular guidelines for the various MSc, MTech, MSc(Agri), MVSc courses of biotechnology. Therefore, in a giant step in that direction, the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi has been undertaking a project ‘Course Curriculum Revision of Post graduate Programmes in Biotechnology’ for the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The exercise aims at reframing the curricular guidelines for the 12 Post Graduate courses in biotechnology supported by DBT across the country. The objective of this holistic exercise was the identification of the areas in which the courses need updation through seeking views from various concerned stakeholders and developing need-based curricula in consultation with expert groups. There were two separate feedback forms one each for academia and research institution or company. Employers (research institutions as well as industry) today, operate in an environment that demands contemporary, multidisciplinary and constantly evolving skills to retain global competitiveness. The DBT National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015 – 2020 too highlights the importance of human resource development and need for nurturing tailor-made human capital for scientific research and entrepreneurship. BIOVOICENEWS.COM 51