Government Proposes Draft Act to Replace UGC to Ensure Quality Education


The proposed Higher Education Commission of India by HRD ministry over UGC will focus on academic matters and monetary grants

The Union government revealed the draft of a bill to replace higher education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The replacement is being drafted with an aim to reduce inspection system hence promoting quality education at colleges and universities.

To promote autonomy in higher educational institutions

As per thought process of human resource development (HRD) ministers, the new body will prove to be more representational as its board members will have senior bureaucrats from the ministries of HRD, skills and entrepreneurship and also from science and technology.

The proposed higher education commission is committed towards bringing more autonomy to higher educational institutions with a dream of promoting excellence and growth of education.

The new act will separate grant-making functions, end inspection raj and focus on imparting the real essence of education. It will specify learning outcomes for colleges and universities, prescribe teaching, ensures maintenance, systematic monitoring and enhance research standards.

Appointment of board members

The new commission will consist of a chairperson, vice chairperson and 12 members which have to be appointed by the central government. The secretary of the commission will act as the member-secretary. Out of the 12 members, three members will represent union government namely: secretary of higher education, secretary of the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship and secretary, department of science and technology. Besides, there will be industry leaders among the board members.

Interestingly, the proposal of establishing Higher Education Commission of India over University Grants Commission Act, 1956 is open for public feedback hence planned to take wise decision to implement the same.