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Govt moves forward with planned bill to scrap UGC, AICTE. Here's what it means

Government of India is all set to bring in Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). HECI is proposed to replace University Grant Commission and AICTE. The bill will be introduced before the cabinet in October. 

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New Delhi Published on: September 25, 2019 12:09 IST
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Bill to scrap UGC, AICTE to be placed before cabinet in October

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will be taken over by the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which is set to replace the UGC, officials of the HRD Ministry said, adding a bill in this regard will be placed before the Cabinet in October. Last year, the HRD Ministry had announced its decision to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) by repealing the UGC Act, 1951. The draft bill was put in public domain and feedback and suggestions were sought from stakeholders.

"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,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.

"The HECI will be created by repealing the UGC Act, 1951 and AICTE Act, 1987,” the official said.

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,” he had said.

While the UGC is the regulator for universities across the country, AICTE acts as a regulator for engineering, pharmacy, management and other technical education colleges.

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.

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