In a written response to Rajya Sabha, today, Minister of State for HRD Mahenrda Nath Pandey said, "No such proposal is under consideration at present, to merge the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) into a single higher education regulator."
In response to HEERA, he said the idea of planning a single regulator for higher education in the country, is not new. Many committees had recommended proposals as such, in the past. In the past, National Knowledge Commission (2006), Committee on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Professor Yashpal Committee: 2009) and University Grants Commission Review Committee (Prof. Hari Gautam Committee) in 2014 had recommended for an independent regulatory authority.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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