Government has no plans to implement a single higher education regulator for UGC and AICTE, at present. HRD Ministry had earlier proposed to replace UGC, AICTE with a single higher education regulator, HEERA
two months before. 'The University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) are soon going to be a thing of the past with the government planning to replace them with a single higher education regulator,' reported Press Trust of India, earlier in June. HEERA was proposed to bring an end to irrelevant regulatory provisions.
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.
"While the National Knowledge Commission (2006) recommended an independent regulatory authority for higher education, the Committee on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (2009) advocated an apex regulatory body by converging multiple regulatory agencies in the field of higher education. The UGC Review Committee in 2014 had also recommended that the commission should be replaced by an apex institution titled National Higher Education Authority," Mahendra Nath Pandey further added.
(With Inputs From PTI)
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