The last major policy review and framework of the entire education system took place 20 years ago under the PV Narasimha Rao Government. A leading Sociologist and Professor who retired at the Delhi School of Economics Andre Beteille has been tasked with the responsibility of heading the Commission comprising of 12-20 leading educationists and experts.
The ministry is expected to make an announcement soon in the coming months. The authority will be tasked with providing the framework of a national policy that would address the needs and challenges of the education system in the 21st century. It is further expected to re-orient the education system, as well as set out goals and parameters for an education system that addresses the changes socio-economic and technological realities.
Therefore, the Beteille Commission will have to provide the government with directions on restructuring educational priorities and institutions in a manner that takes into account the changes over the past three decades. It will also be expected to suggest ways to make the education system responsive to fast changing economic both in Social and technological realities.
It is not just the economic-social and technological change in the 26 years since the last National Education Policy that the commission will have to address. One major change that the Indian Education Sector has undergone is making free and compulsory elementary education a fundamental right. Hence the commission is expected to assess future challenges in the school education on account of the enabling Right to Education Act, focusing on a rights based approach to schools education.
With feasibly emerging as an important concern for economics, it is difficult to expect that the education sector would be left behind. Efficient use of public resources is a one key area where the Commission is expected to make an intervention. This would relate not only to use of public funds, but more specifically to the use of infrastructure, which is often left behind unused.