Centre to scrap UGC, bring in Higher Education Commission of India

In a landmark decision, a draft Act for repeal of UGC & setting up HECI (Higher Education Commission of India) has been prepared, Javadekar tweeted.

The Centre is set to discard the apex higher education control body University Grants Commission (UGC) with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) by revoking the UGC Act, 1951, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has confirmed.

  • University Grants Commission (UGC) came into existence in 1953.
  • Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) to replace UGC.
  • Center seeks comments and suggestions before 5 pm on July 7 on the draft, released on its website.
  • The HECI Act, 2018 is expected to be produced in Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session.

Javadekar said the outline act is in conformity with the earnestness of the government to rebuild the regulatory mechanism to furnish “more liberty” to higher education associations to encourage wellfare and assist wholistic development of the education system.

The HECI Act, 2018 is expected to be produced in Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session. Reckoning that the Modi government’s tenure is ending, it will be challenging to get parliamentary transition for a new statute law. The new Act (HECI) will be called the Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act).

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At present, The University Grants Commission (UGC), which enforced in 1953, sanctions financial support to entitled organisations.

The HRD Ministry has sought comments and suggestions from all educationists, the general public and other stakeholders, before 5 pm on July 7 on the draft, which has been released on its website.

The HECI will not include the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) as was originally envisioned as there were concerns red flagged over cadre merger and other technical issues.

The AICTE Act and the NCTE Act both, will be reformed to abide by the new HERC Act and designate the same basic rule of focus on transparent and productive ordinance for the standards of academy rather than administrative allow to give functions. The preconditions of the new HECI Act, 2018 will overrule the Architects Act as far as academic criterion are concerned.

The UGC and its controlling authorities have been on target by a number of commission for its constraning and confining processes. Several committees like the Prof Yash Pal committee and the National Knowledge Commission of the UPA time and the Hari Gautam committee in the Modi era have proposed a single education regulator to rid higher education of needlessly time consuming bureaucratic procedure and lassitude. sources: ET

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