The government is in the process of finalising the new national education policy that will focus on encouraging private sector participation and making India’s education system learner-centric instead of teacher-centric, a senior official has said.

Addressing a three-day event of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, N Saravana Kumar, Joint Secretary, Human Resource Development Ministry, said the “highly regulated” education sector was being liberalised and private sector participation being encouraged for India to acquire global standards in education.

The event’s theme is ‘Leapfrogging to Education 4.0: Student at the Core’ and is being organised by the HRD Ministry, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and AICTE among others.

In a video message, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The government has come out with learning outcomes and is providing greater autonomy to the institutes to pursue research and development and innovation. The government has initiated several programs such as ‘Swayam’ to promote online learning and introduced quality benchmarking of institutes to make them globally competitive.”

More than 247 foreign delegates, predominantly from Africa, SAARC, West Asia, CIS, Finland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia, and the US are taking part in the summit this year, a FICCI release said.