Modi’s HEERA encounters roadblock: UGC, AICTE might remain intact

Last week, during the parliament session, of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said no proposal has been considered at present in this regard.

PM Narendra Modi

Modis HEERA get hit in a roadblock

The much awaited Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) has encountered a roadblock set by the Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD).

As of now, the plan set by the government to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with a single higher education regulator has been put on hold.

(Read: Engineering colleges with less than 30 per cent admissions to soon shut down: AICTE)  

Here’s why:

Last week, during the parliament session, of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said no proposal has been considered at present in this regard.

“No such proposal is under consideration at present, tomerge the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) into a single higher education regulator,” said Upendra Kushwaha.

On being asked to comment on the same, HRD officials remained tight-lipped.

What all claims did the ministry make earlier?

  • Earlier, when the government introduced this plan, the HRD ministry officials claimed that a detailed blueprint of the proposed regulator and its legislation is being worked upon
  • Moreover, the concerned officials said it was felt that multiple regulatory bodies led to excessive and restrictive regulation and hence contributed to the lack of institutional autonomy

Having a single higher education regulator not a new idea:

As reported by PTI, the idea to have a single higher education regulator is not a new one, but has been recommended by various committees set up by previous governments. While the National Knowledge Commission (2006) had recommended an independent regulatory authority for higher education, the Committee on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (2009) had also advocated an apex regulatory body by converging multiple agencies in the field of higher education.

Moreover, the UGC Review Committee in 2014 had also recommended the commission be replaced with an apex institution.

[Source”cnbc”]

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