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Higher education bill

Date: 26 September 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

A Bill that aims to create a single regulator for higher education, replacing the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is likely to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.

 

Background

Higher Education Commission of India to take over regulatory functions of the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education.

 

Details

  • A Bill that aims to create a single regulator for higher educationreplacing the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is likely to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.

  • It proposes to bring almost all areas of higher education  including technical, architectural and legal courses  under the ambit of a single umbrella body. Medical education, however, will not come under the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).

  • The new version of the legislation has also removed a controversial proposal to move grant disbursal authority from autonomous bodies and bring it directly under the control of the Human Resource Development Minister. Instead, a new autonomous body will be created to supervise the doling out of funds to higher education institutions.

  • Other changes include an increase in the number of State representatives in the HECI, to counter fears of states losing their autonomy.

  • The new version of the Bill also removes the requirement that existing institutions must take permission from HECI for their current courses.