These six universities are Hemwati Nandan Bahugana Garhwal University, Uttrakhand (North), Viswa Bharti, West Bengal (East), Central University of Rajasthan (West), Central University of Kerala (South), Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, Madya Pradesh, (Central) and Manipur University (North East).
"The education policy is not a property of an individual. We need to share it with the states and get their approval before making it public," Irani said.
Her reaction comes in the wake of a statement given by former Cabinet secretary TSR Subramanium who said he will make the new policy public if the government did not do so.
Subramanium headed a five-member committee that formulated the new education policy and submitted it to the HRD ministry last month.
Speaking at a National Conference “Reforming & Rejuvenating India’s Higher Education” organized by the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) in the capital, the minister urged the private institutions to participate in government’s Unnat Bharat programme of under which premier educational institutions such as IIMs & IITs are adopting neighboring villages and rejuvenating their educational system.
Irani, who has been overseeing the formulation of the new education policy for the past few months, informed during a All India Radio show on 17 May that the policy will be unveiled in 15-20 days. However, earlier the minister had said that the NEP will announced by 26 May, coinciding with the NDA government's two years in power.
The National Education Task Force, consisting of individuals from diverse backgrounds, is expected to finalise the New Education Policy Consultation Document.
The Minister said, "We have received suggestions from people living in 1.10 lakh villages and over 1,500 municipal bodies ... we have prepared a document with the help of experts, including advice by education councils, to improve our education system. It will be unveiled in 15-20 days."
Irani said it is for the first time that a National Education Policy was being prepared after consulting people living in villages and far-flung areas.
Irani said her government is taking the Right to Education (RTE) passed by the earlier UPA government towards its real objective.
As per the UGC update there are 22 universities functioning in contravention or violation of the UGC Act, 1956 in different parts of the country.
The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani has said that the information regarding this has been conveyed to the concerned state governments which are responsible for taking actions for these universities. The Central Government has fulfilled its responsibility by informing the State and the State Governments are also diligently taking the action.
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question said that IITs also engage in development of faculty through Faculty Development Programmes, Workshops, and Training Programmes etc.
IITs have been training teachers of engineering colleges through programmes like (QIP) Quality Improvement Programme and TEQIP (Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme). Under the IIT Bombay’s T10KT programme, 10,000 teachers are being trained in using IT tools and applications.
While releasing the India Rankings 2016 she said that history has been made as National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) is the first of its kind. She said that one of the biggest challenges in the higher education sector have been that citizens who engage with these institutions feel that there is no level playing field in terms of transparency and the data that they need from these institutions with regard to the choices they, specially the students, need to make.
As per a proposal being considered by the HRD minister Smriti Irani the idea is to link scores of the academic performance indicator (API) used by universities to promote faculty members with teachers’ classroom performance.
The government is keen to make faculty members accountable to the “ultimate stakeholder” — the students — whose feedback will likely be taken into account to assess teachers’ performance.
She also said Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula's body was used as a political tool. "In his statement, Rohith Vemula said that no one was responsible for his death. No attempt was made to take Rohith Vemula to doctor, his body was used as political tool," she added.
Taking a dig at Congress on the Rohith Vemula issue, Irani said, "The executive council that took the decision to suspend Rohith was appointed by Congress."