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Bill to scrap UGC, AICTE to be placed before Cabinet in October

September 26, 2019

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) last year announced its decision to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) by repealing the UGC Act, 1951. UGC is the regulator for universities across the country while All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) acts as a regulator for engineering, pharmacy, management and other technical education colleges.

The proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which is set to replace the UGC, will also take over the AICTE. A bill in this regard will be placed before the Cabinet next month.  The draft bill was put in public domain and feedback and suggestions were sought from stakeholders.

A senior HRD Ministry official said, “The Higher Education Commission of India will be a single regulator and replace UGC and AICTE. The bill has been prepared after elaborate consultation with states. It will be taken to the Cabinet in October. The HECI will be created by repealing the UGC Act, 1951 and AICTE Act, 1987.”

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had informed Parliament in July that the HECI will promote the quality of academic instruction, maintenance of academic standards and encourage autonomy of good performing educational institutions for free pursuit of knowledge, innovation, skills and entrepreneurship – “The aim is to be inclusive and offer opportunities to all, and also provide for comprehensive growth of higher education and research in a competitive global environment.”

The earlier draft bill had proposed HECI to control academic matters while an advisory board under the HRD minister would have been in charge of issuing monetary grants to universities. There was opposition from various student groups about handing over the financial control to the Ministry.

Source: PTI

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