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The National Policy on Education 1986, as amended in 1992, has been the guiding document for the policies of the Central Government in the education sector. The Government has been following National Policy on Education 1986, as modified in 1992, which provides for National System of Education implying that up to a given level, all students, irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex, have access to education of a comparable quality. The National System of Education envisages a common educational structure. The 10+2+3 structure has now been accepted in most parts of the country. However, in the last twenty years, the education scenario has seen a monumental change with the emergence of several new paradigms like rights based approach to elementary education, the endeavour to extend universalization to secondary education, reshape the higher education scenario and its impact on the innovation environment and providing an impetus to skill development through vocational education in the context of the emergence of new technologies in a rapidly expanding economy placed in a globalised environment. 
 
The Government proposes to formulate a New Education Policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in our educational institutions. 
 
In accordance with the National Policy on Education (NPE), the National System of Education envisages a common educational structure. It is based on the National Curriculum Framework which contains a common core along with other components that are flexible. Further, the Universities have the necessary autonomy, subject to NPE and University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations, in the matter of framing of syllabi and curriculum as per their Acts, Statutes and Ordinances. This information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha today. 
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