Centre may scrap UGC, proposes new regulator
The Centre has placed in the public domain a draft Bill for a Higher Education Commission of India – aimed at replacing the University Grants Commission – for eliciting suggestions from educationists.
Key Features of the Bill:
The draft Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act, 2018, takes away funding powers from the proposed regulator and gives it powers to ensure academic quality and even close down bogus institutions.
The Regulator will have powers to enforce compliance to the academic quality standards and will have the power to order closure of sub-standard and bogus institutions.
UGC vs HECI
The UGCs regulatory power included quality assessment and giving grants. The HECI will ensure academic quality while MHRD will give grants to institutions.
The UGC conducted inspections to assess institutions. The HECI will practically do away with these and shift to a regime of ‘transparent disclosures’ instead.
Did you Know
UGC Chairman: D P Singh
Headquarters: New Delhi