Pokhriyal launches SARTHAQ

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal launches ‘Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement through Quality Education (SARTHAQ) on Thursday in New Delhi. (PIB)

New Delhi: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday launched ‘Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement through Quality Education (SARTHAQ)’, the National Education Policy (NEP) Implementation Plan for School Education.

Speaking on the occasion, Pokhriyal urged all the stakeholders to use this plan as a guiding star to undertake transformational reforms in the school education sector. He said that like the policy itself, the plan is also interactive, flexible and inclusive.

The Minister added that it is envisaged that the implementation of SARTHAQ would benefit all stakeholders including 25 crore students, 15 lakh schools, 94 lakh teachers, educational administrators, parents, and community as education is the backbone of an equitable and just society.

According to the Education Ministry, SARTHAQ has been developed through wide and intensive consultative process with States and UTs, Autonomous bodies and suggestions received from all stakeholders; around 7177 suggestions/inputs were received from them.

“A teacher’s fest, ‘Shikshak Parv’ was especially organized from 8th to 25th September 2020 for discussing various recommendations of NEP 2020 and its implementation strategies, which attracted around 15 lakh suggestions.”

The major focus of SARTHAQ is to define activities in such a manner which clearly delineate goals, outcomes and timeframe i.e., it links recommendation of NEP with 297 Tasks along with responsible agencies, timelines and 304 outputs of these Tasks, informed the ministry, adding that “attempt has also been made to propose activities in a manner, such that it will be built upon the existing structure rather than creating new structures. Thus, SARTHAQ takes care of the spirit and intent of the Policy and is planned to be implemented in a phased manner”.

The NEP 2020 was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 29, 2020. The Narendra Modi government has rolled out the Plan of Action of the NEP, 2020. (PR)

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