Panel Calls For Mandatory Arts Education Up To Grade 10 | Latest India News

Compulsory artistic education up to class 10; a central university dedicated to art; an Indian arts education regulatory body similar to the All India Council of Technical Education; and a massive public campaign to promote the arts in the education system – these are among the key recommendations of a parliamentary panel to promote performing and fine arts education in the country.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, headed by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe, presented its report titled “Reforms in Arts Education entertainment and fine arts” in Parliament during the recently concluded budgetary session. The committee’s recommendations were in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 which advocates the integration of the arts into the education system.

While observing that arts education has immense potential to develop a creative and dynamic learning environment in schools, the commission recommended that the government make it a ‘compulsory subject up to grade 10’. The panel suggested that arts education should include music, dance, visual arts and drama with particular emphasis on Indian traditional and folk arts. “It should also include local traditions such as episodes of folk tales, stories, plays, paintings, etc. so that its learning arouses interest and becomes appreciable…Another area of ​​the arts is filmmaking, which has been accepted as an educational tool in addition to having its entertainment value,” the report states.

In its response, the School and Literacy Department of the Ministry of Trade Union Education said that as part of the implementation of the NEP 2020, the CBSE has already initiated efforts to offer “a subject compulsory called art education in grades 9 and 10”.

The committee said steps must be taken to develop the required understanding of performing, fine and visual arts within the teaching community as well. “It should also form an essential part of teacher training and should be included in the curriculum of teacher training institutions across the country.”

It further recommended “massive public campaigns” to change the mindset of parents, guardians, school authorities and even policy makers in favor of integrating the arts into the education system. “It would help change the mindset of parents, guardians, school authorities and even policy makers and help develop an informed consensus on the need to include the arts in all their forms in the curriculum.”

Noting the poor infrastructure and insufficient places in art courses, the parliamentary panel recommended that the government explore the possibility of establishing a central university like Rashtriya Kala Vishwa Vidyalaya (National University of Arts) through an Act of Parliament, with regional centers in leading arts/cultural centres. Locations. Furthermore, he recommended establishing dedicated departments with the latest facilities, including well-equipped studios, at existing universities in the county.

The Chamber panel further recommended the creation of a regulatory body in line with the technical education regulator AICTE to address the need for a regulatory mechanism for higher education as well as research in performing arts, fine arts and visual arts. “(He) will be able to dramatically change the current scenario of arts education in colleges/universities across the country,” he said.

He recommended that the Union Ministries of Education and Culture jointly appoint a task force to identify sectors and institutions where performing arts/fine arts students can find viable career opportunities. “The committee observes that there is a need to develop the performing and fine arts as a viable career option and to attract more students to this field,” the report said.

The panel recommended that the Ministry of Education bestow Institute of National Importance (INI) status on institutes such as the Indian Film and Television Institute (FTTI), Pune and the National School of Education. drama (NSD).

The report has been compiled after wider consultation with stakeholders including Trade Union Education and Culture Ministries, NCERT, CBSE, FTII, NSD, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, UGC and d ‘others.

In its response, the department of higher education of the ministry informed the committee that there are currently eight universities specializing in fine arts, 125 public and private universities and 117 exclusive colleges and 313 colleges offering programs in the discipline of fine/performing arts across the country.


    Fareeha Iftikhar is Senior Correspondent in the National Political Bureau of the Hindustan Times. She follows the Ministry of Education and covers the beat nationally for the newspaper. She also writes on issues related to gender, human rights and different political issues.
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