“Education is now being taken over by the private sector.”

How do you assess the activities of this government?

The Government of India invested in schools, primary education and higher education institutions with a clear emphasis on promoting scientific temper and understanding. In some cases, the private sector has also been on a leash. In several states, such as West Bengal, there was a network of well-established publicly funded educational institutions. Education (education) was available to all, regardless of their economic background. But everything has changed with NEP 2020. Education is now being taken over by the private sector.

When the private players come, you will have to pay for your education. This is fundamentally contrary to the principle of state welfare.

If a party or government is serious about achieving social justice, freedom of thought and freedom of speech, then spreading education is a fundamental requirement. But it’s not like that.

They are trying to create an area where your right to education is really limited.

Does the National Education Policy actually achieve its goal?

The entire policy is aimed at ensuring that education goes beyond the reach of the common man. Becomes a trading division. They are trying to spread an unscientific approach; completely opposite to the goal of education – the formation of a scientific temperament.

There has been a lot of discussion about the NCERT syllabus and do you see any political agenda in it?

The school curriculum is being saffronized. One example is the prime minister naming Chandrayaan’s landing site as ‘Shiv Shakti’. Instead of naming it after scientists, it adds a religious fervor to the achievement. The scientific thought process is categorically replaced by political and religious symbolism.