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Three from Karnataka on Panel for New National Education Policy

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BENGALURU: After steering some of the successful education-related endeavours in Karnataka, three eminent individuals from the state have made it to the new National Education Policy panel.  

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/three-from-karnataka-on-panel-for-new-national-education-policy/articleshow/59330946.cms

The panel, set up by the Union ministry of human resources, will be headed by Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, chairman of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission and chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. A former chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Kasturirangan is also an honorary professor at Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research, Bengaluru and is a professor emeritus at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Former member-secretary of Karnataka State Innovation Council M K Sridhar, who was associated with the Karnataka Knowledge Commission earlier, is also on the panel. He was Professor at Canara Bank School of Management Studies at Bangalore University.

The third panel member from the state is T V Kattimani, language communication expert and vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak. He hails from Koppal district in North Karnataka. Sridhar said that efforts would be made to roll out a strong educational policy.Highlighting the need for changes in the system, Sridhar told TOI, "I am happy that I have been tasked with such an important work. The country's education system needs a lot of changes and as panel members, we will discuss these issues to come out with a strong policy."

The new panel will replace an earlier education policy committee formed by the HRD ministry under former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian a couple of years ago.Sources said inputs from the Subramanian panel report would also be utilised by the new committee.  

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