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June 27, 2018

India Government proposes to Replace University Grants Commission (UGC) with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI)

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Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addressing a press conference.

New Delhi, June 27, 2018 — In a landmark decision, a Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 which seeks to repeal UGC Act and provides for setting up of Higher Education Commission of India has been prepared by the Ministry of HRD (Human Resource Development) and placed in public domain for comments and suggestions. The focus of Higher Education Commission of India will be on improving academic standards and the quality of Higher Education.

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, has appealed to all educationists, stakeholders and the general public to furnish comments and suggestions by 7th July 2018 till 5 p.m. on the draft Bill.

The Government announced that the draft Act is following its commitment to reform the regulatory systems, provide for more autonomy, and facilitate the holistic growth of the education system that presents more significant opportunities to the Indian students at more affordable cost.

The following principles guide the transformation of the regulatory set up:

Less Government and more Governance:

No more interference in the management issues of the educational institutions.

Separation of grant functions:

The grant functions would be carried out by the HRD Ministry, and the HECI would focus only on academic matters.

End of Inspection Raj:

Regulation will be conducted through transparent public disclosures, merit-­based decision making on matters regarding standards and quality in higher education.

Focus on academic quality:

HECI will have the mandate of improving educational standards with the specific focus on learning outcomes, evaluation of academic performance by institutions, mentoring of institutions, training of teachers, and promoting the use of educational technology. It will develop norms for setting standards for opening and closure of institutions, provide for greater flexibility and autonomy to institutions, and lay rules for appointments to critical leadership positions at the institutional level irrespective of the law under which a University was started.

Powers to enforce:

The Regulator will have powers to enforce compliance with the academic quality standards and will have the authority to order the closure of sub­standard and bogus institutions.

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