National Education Policy Must Abide by Constitution, Avoid Commercialisation of Education: Jamaat-e-Islami

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Inamur Rahman (Asst Secy, Education Dept, JIH), Nusrat Ali (Chairman, Central Educational Board, JIH), Mohammad Jafar (Vice President, JIH) and T Arif Ali (Secretary General, JIH) releasing a report on NEP 2019 on August 10, 2019 in New Delhi.

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NEW DELHI — The Central Educational Board of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind raised several questions over the draft National Education Policy 2019 and sought changes in the draft.

The Jamaat has sent its suggestions to the HRD Ministry as the ministry had made the draft NEP public in June this year and had solicited suggestions and feedback from public by August 15.

Addressing a press conference here recently, while releasing its report on NEP 2019, Mr. Nusrat Ali, chairman of the Board, said, “The Jamaat has sent recommendations to the committee that had drafted the NEP 2019. Now, it has sent suggestions to the HRD Ministry.”

The draft NEP 2019, he said was rife with many a contradiction and omission which damage the constitutional structures and values and promotes commercialisation of education.

“It is not clear from the draft NEP as to which constitutional values are to be taught in classes. The draft says it is carrying recommendations from the previous NEP reports but it is not known if those recommendations were useful or not. The NEP 2019 also does not talk about the current education situation in the country,” said Mr. Ali,

Prominent Jamaat leaders including Mohammad Jafar, Vice President and T Arif Ali, Secretary General Inamur Rahman, Assistant Secretary of Jamaat’s Education Department, were present on the occasion.

Regarding the ancient Vedic education system recommended in the NEP 2019, the Board, in a statement, said: “References are made throughout the draft to the ancient Vedic education system. It actually was a model that promoted exclusion by limiting access to education to certain groups. The NEP “must refrain from homogenising India’s heritage as being representative of a particular religion or certain races.”

“If the policy intends to promote “Indian knowledge system”, it should encompass all contributions from different religious, regional, and linguistic communities. They are inalienable part of the Indian knowledge tradition,” it added.

The Jamaat’s education body also questioned the NEP 2019 for giving undue weightage to Sanskrit and Hindi.

“The draft NEP favours Sanskrit and Hindi and wants to impose them on all citizens in gross violation of the Constitution. There should be a two-language formula, (mother tongue and English) along with the option of studying a third language of either religious or cultural significance to a student as per Articles 29(1), 350A and 350B of the Constitution,” it said.

Criticising the policy for overt centralisation of education, the Jamaat demanded de-centralisation in deference to the federal structure of the country. It also recommended revival of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), a statutory body.*

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