The Parliament of India, during its Budget session in 1986 discussed and adopted the “National Policy on Education 1986.” This programme of Action was undertaken by eminent educationalists, experts and senior representatives of Central and State Government.

(a) Education is essentially for all. This is fundamental to all-round development, material and spiritual.

(b) Education should further the goals of socialism secularism and democracy enshrined in our constitution.

(c) Education should develop manpower for different levels of economy. It should give further guarantee of national self-reliance.


(d) The cardinal principal-‘Education is an unique investment in the present and future,” is the main aim of the National Policy on Education.

(e) Up to a given level, all students, irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex, have access to education of comparable quality. Effective measures will be taken in the direction of the common school system recommended in the 1986 Policy.

(f) The National System of Education envisages a common educational structure. The 10+2+3 structure has now been accepted in all parts of the country.