NEW DELHI: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today held deliberations with some RSS-affiliated education bodies on the new education policy during which they are understood to have also discussed the appointments of possible candidates in various institutes and varsities in the country.
Sources said during the deliberations, RSS functionaries are understood to have put forth a list of candidates for appointments in various posts in centrally funded educational institutes, which are lying vacant.
The meeting comes as the HRD ministry is in the midst of drafting a new education policy.
Much of the about four-and-half-hour-meeting was foucssed on discussing appointments as there was an exhaustive debate on whom to appoint at a particular institution as representatives batted for different candidates.
Sources said inputs were shared during the deliberation regarding the new education policy and about giving thrust to a revamped education system which instills nationalism, pride and ancient Indian values in modern education.
The interaction came ahead of RSS’ three-day annual meeting in Nainital next week.
The meeting also assumes significance as education bodies have come out with resolutions in recent past supporting the promotion of Sanskrit and vedic values in course curriculum.
The Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal, an RSS body, had in a draft outline on education last week had recommended that from classes 9 to 12, students should be taught mother tongue and a classical language which could be Sanskrit or other languages like Arabic, Persian, Latin or Greek etc.
The draft titled ‘Bhartiya Education Outline’ also suggests that after eight years of primary education, student will have to “compulsorily” study one economic activity based subject for the next four years.
In June, the Dinanath Batra-headed Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas had proposed introduction of vedic maths in schools across the country and sought effective implementation of the three-language formula in all states.