Proceeding of the Seminar
Before 1976, education was exclusively the responsibility of states; the Central government was only concerned with certain areas like coordination and determination of standards in technical and higher education, etc. In 1976, through a Constitutional amendment, education became a joint responsibility. Decisions regarding the organization and structure of education are largely the concern of the states. However, the Union government has a clear responsibility regarding the quality and character of education. In addition to policy formulation, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education share with the states the responsibility for educational planning. National Policy on education, 1986 and the Programme of Action (POA) 1992 envisages that free and compulsory education of satisfactory quality should be provided to all children up to the age of 14 years before the commencement of the 21st Century. Dr. Vibha Chawla our resource person express great concern about NPE 1986 over the erosion of moral values. The second resource person Lakhwinder Kaur shared her views that we should visualize education as a whole with all disciplines. She strongly emphasizes that the curriculum should readjust in such a way it makes education a force full tool for the cultivation of moral and social values.
Now, this is high time to evaluate the educational policies prevailing in our Education System. This state-level seminar will be an attempt to present opportunities and challenges in the direction of implementing Educational Policies and Practices for better learning.