Government approves draft Act for setting up of Higher Education Commission of India by repealing UGC Act

 27th of June, 2018 New Delhi

In a landmark decision, a Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 that seeks to revoke UGC Act & arranges the setting up of Higher Education. Commission of India which is prepared by the Ministry of HRD & located in public domain for comments and suggestions. The emphasis of Higher Education Commission of India is on enlightening academic standards & the excellence of Higher Education. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar has appealed to all educationists, stakeholders and the general public to provide the comments & the suggestions by 7th July 2018 till 5 p.m. on the draft Bill.

The comments will be mailed to the reformofugc@gmail.com. The Central Government, under the guidance of PM Mrs. Narendra Modi, is on a process of reform of the regulatory agencies for good administration of higher education sector.

  • In the accomplishment of above, many reform measures that have already been launched viz
  1. Reform of NAAC
  2. Regulation for grant of Graded Autonomy to Universities
  3. Granting of Autonomous status to colleges,
  4. The Regulation for Open Distance Learning,
  5. Regulation for Online degrees etc.

The draft Act is in agreement with the commitment of Govt for reforming the regulatory systems that are provided for more self-sufficiency & assist the holistic growth of the education system which provides much more opportunities to the Indian students at the more reasonable charge.

  • Places of interest of the Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018
  1. The attention of the Commission is to improve the academic standards & quality of higher education, specifying customs for learning outcomes, set down standards of teaching/research etc.
  2. Which will provide a roadmap for mentoring of institutions that are found failing in sustaining the required academic standards.
  3. It shall also have the control to enforce its decisions via legal provisions in the Act.
  4. The Commission shall also have the control to grant authorization to begin academic operations on the source of their compliance with standards of academic quality.
  5. It also has the powers to repeal authorization granting to a higher education institution where there may be a case of continuous default in compliance with the norms/regulations.
  6. It is also having the powers to recommend shutting of institutions that fail to adhere to minimum standards without affecting students’ interest.
  7. The Commission will also encourage higher education institutions to frame a Code of Good Practices that will cover the promotion of research, teaching, and learning.
  8. The constitution of the Commission is supported by the co-option of Chairpersons of regulatory bodies in higher education, they are AICTE and the NCTE.
  9. The Bill also provides for the penal provisions, that although graded in nature, which will cover withdrawal of power to grant degrees/ diplomas or direction that will cease academic operations & in cases of stubborn non-compliance, may result in prosecution sanction as per the Criminal Procedure Code with a punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend up to 3 years.
  10. There is an Advisory Council to provide advice to the Commission on matters regarding coordination & determination of standards in the country. This is represented by the Chairpersons / Vice-Chairpersons of State Councils for Higher Education & managed by the Union Minister for HRD.
  11. The Commission will require standards & processes for fixing of fee actionable by higher education institutions & advice the Central Government or the State Governments, to make education affordable to all.
  12. It will also monitor, via a national database, all difficulties covering the development of emerging fields of knowledge & stable growth of higher education institutions in almost all scope & especially in raising of academic quality in higher education.

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