The Modi cabinet on Wednesday renamed the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Ministry of Education, along with the seal of the new education policy. But let us tell you that the name of the Ministry of Human Resource Development was earlier the Ministry of Education itself. That is, its previous name has now been returned. Now the question is when and why was there such a need that the name of Ministry of Education was changed to Ministry of Human Resource Development? The Ministry of Education was transformed into the Ministry of Human Resource Development during the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1985. The following year a new National Education Policy was implemented. After 34 years, education policy is being changed now.
From independence until 1985, the Ministry of Human Resource Development was called the Ministry of Education. When Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister in 1984, he wanted to bring a lot of change in the system of the country. He was constantly pushing for innovation in many fields. According to a report by the Indian Express, he was surrounded by many advisors at that time. Then he accepted the suggestion of the advisors that all departments related to education should be brought under one roof. Based on this logic, on 26 September 1985, the Ministry of Education was renamed as Ministry of Human Resource Development and PV Narasimha Rao was given the command of this Ministry.
Departments like Culture, Youth and Sports were then brought under the Ministry of Human Resource Development considering education. For this, the Minister of State was appointed. Even the
Department of Women and Child Development was placed under it. (Women and Child Development also became a separate ministry in 2006.)
There was a lot of opposition to this decision of the Rajiv Gandhi government at that time. People said that there was no education department left in the country. But the decision had been taken.