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Dinesh Goyal|Nov 27, 2021
NEW DELHI, JUNE 27: The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) today proposed to repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act of 1956 and released draft legislation for a new regulatory body. According to the draft legislation, on which the MHRD invited suggestions, the UGC Act will be replaced by the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Act, 2018.
The MHRD has sought suggestions on the proposed HECI Act from different stakeholders including educationists and the general public by July 7, 2018.
My appeal to all educationists, stakeholders & others to furnish their comments & suggestions by 7th july 2018 till 5 p.m & mail at email@example.com.— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 27, 2018
The draft Act is available at https://t.co/mWtT2IORIk @ugc_india @HRDMinistry #SaafNiyatSahiVikas
The transformation of the regulatory set up is based upon the principles -— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 27, 2018
Minimum government & Maximum governance, Separation of grant functions, End of inspection raj, Focus on academic quality, Powers to enforce. #SaafNiyatSahiVikas #48MonthsofTransformingIndia @ugc_india
The draft Act is in accordance with the commitment of govt for reforming the regulatory systems that provide more autonomy to HE institutes to promote excellence & facilitate holistic growth of the education system. #SaafNiyatSahiVikas #48MonthsofTransformingIndia @ugc_india— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 27, 2018
Under the leadership of PM @narendramodi has embarked on a process of reforms of the regulatory agencies for better administration of the HE sector. In a landmark decision, a draft Act for repeal of #UGC & setting up #HECI (Higher Education Commission of India) has been prepared.— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 27, 2018
In a series of tweets today, Prakash Javadekar, the Union HRD Minister, appealed to the general public and other education stakeholders to furnish their comments and suggestions over the Draft Legislation Act by 5:00 pm of July 7, 2018. The suggestions can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed Act aims to focus on academic quality and setting standards for opening and closure of institutions in higher education space. The financial assistance to the institutions will be provided by MHRD only.
According to the draft legislation, the Act will reform the regulatory system by offering more autonomy to educational institutions; facilitating their holistic growth and working towards ‘affordable education’ to the Indian students.
The HECI Act 2018 will also ensure a transparent process of regulation through public disclosures and merit-based decision-making on matters of higher education standards and quality, as per the draft legislation.
The ‘new’ HECI Act and its functions
Besides replacing the UGC Act of 1956, the ‘new’ HECI Act will ensure non-interference in the management issues of educational institutions. The new education regulatory commission will be tasked with improving academic standards and forming regulations related to closing and opening of educational institutions.
The commission will also have the power to enforce compliance to the academic standards and also to order the closure of bogus and substandard institutions. Further, the commission will also be empowered to fine the institutions which don’t comply with the defined academic standards.
The new draft legislation comes after an earlier proposal to form an umbrella regulator– HEERA was scrapped by the MHRD in May this year.
HEERA was supposed to replace all the other regulators - All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and UGC.
However, the HECI will not be subliming the AICTE and NCTE, but there are chances that their respective Acts will be revised to fall in line with the HECI Act.
The HECI Act, 2018 is expected to be tabled in Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session.
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