We will be make quality education affordable to everyoneIndia today has one of the largest educational loan programmes in the world. Over the past five years, over fifteen lakh students have received
loans totaling more than Rs 26,000 crores and are pursuing various professional courses.
The Indian National Congress now pledges that all students admitted to any recognized course in any recognized college/university will be
provided, on a need basis, either a scholarship or an educational loan without collateral repayable over a very long period.
In order to ensure quality school education for all children, we have already made a beginning by approving the setting up of one model school in every
block of the country. Every year, over the next five years, we will add one more model school in every block.
The Indian National Congress pledges to focus more sharply on outcomes and achievement levels in education and not just on enrolment. It also
pledges a major programme for training of teachers and improving the physical environment in schools.
A massive expansion in higher education has been undertaken in the past two years—8 new IITs, 7 new IIMs, 5 new Indian Institutes of Science
Education and Research, 30 new Central Universities, 20 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology and 374 new colleges in educationally-deprived districts.
The Indian National Congress pledges to ensure that these expansion plans are implemented fully with their twin focus on excellence and affirmative action.
We will implement a nation-wide skill development programme India is a young country with 70% of the population below the age of 35.
To reap the “demographic dividend”, the Indian National Congress believes that there is an urgent need to put in place an extensive skill development
programme so that the employability of youth is enhanced.
The Congressled UPA government has already put in place a National Skills Development Mission. Rs 30,000 crore will be invested in this mission
which is of crucial importance for the future of our youth.
Funds will be provided to ensure its widest possible coverage. A wider and more comprehensive spectrum of skills will be imparted.
1. The success story of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, launched by the NDA in 2002, shall
be strengthened, extended and concretised further in quality, content and
support systems.2. Implementation of the mid-day meal scheme shall be revitalised on modern
management lines. Akshaya Patra Scheme will serve as a model for this purpose.
3. Effective steps shall be put in place to provide skills acquisition.
4. Primary school timings and vacations shall be flexible and decided upon by the
local community and the Parents-Teachers Associations.
5. Universalisation of secondary education shall be speedily implemented. Special
emphasis will be given to girls’ education at the secondary level.
6. All assistance will be provided for a national madarsa modernisation
7. Close linkages between school education and higher education shall be built into
1. Widespread network of providing skill orientation and vocational training shall
be established. Provisions for certification of skills acquired traditionally or
through private initiatives shall be made.
2. Additional structures and facilities shall be created at secondary stage to provide
generic vocational skills to every child who is willing to do so.
3. A fresh countrywide initiative shall be launched to bring about an attitudinal
transformation among parents and communities towards skill development and
4. Industry shall be persuaded to play a greater role than at present to prepare
skilled manpower, which will be of mutual benefit.
1. Institutions of higher learning shall be given full autonomy, coupled with
accountability, in real practice.
2. Access to higher education shall be expanded without any compromise on
quality and content. Private initiatives shall be encouraged within the broad
educational priority parameters and provisions for focus groups.
3. Manpower planning shall be put in place and made active and effective. Higher
education prepares top-level manpower for every sector. Hence, its quality and relevance have a multiplier effect.
New National Policy on Education
Immediate steps will be initiated to appoint a National Commission on Education, the report of which shall lead to the formulation of a new National Policy on
Education that will replace the NPE-1986/92. This Commission shall undertake continuous envisioning of educational plans, strategies methods, material and research
to make India a knowledge power and develop several institutions of higher learning and research as centres of international pursuit of knowledge and learning.
Ragging to be Made a Criminal Offence with Stiff Punishment
18. Quality Education for All
Government and Private Education to be on Same Level.
Lok Satta government will guarantee that government and private schools will be on the same level in terms of medium of instruction, quality of
education, examination pattern and basic facilities.
Free, good quality education for all up to 12th grade.
A preschool within the locality for all preschool children (3 years and above) with nutrition, play, and healthcare.
English as a language from 1 st grade, and mothertongue as medium of instruction for the first five years.
Good quality education with English as medium of instruction from 6 th grade to 12 th grade.
Integrating intermediate education with high school education
Free, quality coaching for state and national entrance examinations for all.19. Modern Facilities for All Schools
Lok Satta government will ensure that every school will have necessary classrooms, teachers, teaching equipment, computers, broadband internet
and assured power supply.
All schools will be connected through broadband internet.
All schools will have basic amenities like playground, toilets and clean drinking water.
Where necessary, hostel and transport facilities will be provided to students.
Health care facilities will be available at the school.
20. Teachers to Become Stakeholders
Lok Satta government guarantees that teachers will be partners in the educational system and school administration.
Teachers will not be treated as mere public servants. Instead, teachers will be given the respect they deserve, as they are the custodians of our children’s future.
Vidya Volunteers, contract teachers/lecturers, will be given due respect and compensation.
Teachers will play a key role in Mandal and District Educational Boards.
Teachers will be freed from all nonacademic work.
There will be a strong and effective inspection mechanism to monitor and improve quality of education.
Teachers will have opportunities for promotion.
Constant training to teachers on latest teaching methods.
Residential facilities to teachers and their families close to school in rural areas.
21. Higher Education for Everyone
Lok Satta government guarantees that every young person who is deserving and desirous shall have access to quality higher education such as engineering,
medicine, computers, all professional courses and university education.
Lack of financial resources shall not become a cause for discontinuing the pursuit of
Higher educational institutions will be completely revamped to ensure that graduating students have necessary knowledge base and skill sets to navigate the
ever changing employment market.
Every district will have “Higher Education Zone (HEZ).” Investors will be given special incentives to open higher educational institutions of excellence in these
22. Ten Percent Bonus Marks for Students from Rural Areas and Poorer Sections
Poor to Compete on Level Playing Field with Rich Students
Irrespective of caste and religion, all children and youth from poor families willbe given 10% bonus marks at the time of entrance examinations, higher education
Special efforts to ensure that benefits of reservations are reaped by the poor of all castes.
This means that students belonging to poorer sections and rural areas 60 marks will be added as bonus marks for 600 marks. This policy will allow poor students
to compete on equal terms with students from wealthy families.