HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar held a closed-door meeting Wednesday with senior functionaries of the RSS and representatives of several affiliated outfits on the new national education policy, making this his first formal interaction with the Sangh since he took charge of his new portfolio this month.
According to sources, Javadekar interacted with members of Vidya Bharati, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Sanskrit Bharati, Shiksha Bachao Andolan, Vigyan Bharati and Itihas Sankalan Yojana for close to six hours at Gujarat Bhawan.
RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal, BJP president Amit Shah and Aniruddha Deshpande, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sampark Pramukh, were also present at the meeting.
Sources told that the meeting was held to share the Sangh’s inputs on the new education policy and to plan measures to “instil nationalism, pride and ancient Indian values in modern education”.
Earlier, the committee to formulate the new education policy, headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian, had received over 80,000 suggestions, including from RSS affiliates working in the education sector.
“The meeting was part of the government-organisational interface that was established after the Modi government came to power. Since Javadekar ji is new to the ministry, we updated him about the grassroot level challenges and the reforms required in the education sector. Social Justice Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot and Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram also attended for some time as their ministries deal with education of tribals, reserved castes and backward classes,” an RSS functionary said.
“We also asked him (Javadekar) to release the draft education policy in as many Indian languages as possible and he assured us that the Hindi version will be out in a few days and will be translated into more languages,” the functionary added.