UGC & AICTE to Collab on Higher Education Policies, Panel Formed

September 22, 2022, New Delhi, UGC & AICTE to Collab on Higher Education Policies: A committee has been formed to develop a plan for the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to collaborate as a unified regulatory body, paving the way for the creation of the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).

The panel, established by UGC chairperson Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, will initially pinpoint areas where the two organisations can collaborate on developing policies and regulations using a common strategy. Members of the panel include UGC and AICTE Vice Chairs, as well as the UGC Secretary and AICTE Member-Secretary. This development takes place as the ministry prepares to introduce the HECI Bill during the winter session of Parliament.

Speaking about the same, Prof. Kumar says, β€œThe development of a joint working strategy is in many ways the harbinger of the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). After all, regulations on higher education affect students pursuing general as well as technical degrees or courses.”

The panel will ensure that the officials from the two bodies (UGC and AICTE) come together on identified issues in a different set of subcommittees. The goal is to have the system ready for a scenario in which HECI serves as the main governing authority for higher education in place of UGC and AICTE.

UGC & AICTE to Collab on Higher Education Policies – Details About the Panel

  • The panel has been established by UGC chairperson Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar.
  • It will act as the harbinger of the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).
  • Members of the panel include UGC and AICTE Vice Chairs, as well as the UGC Secretary and AICTE Member-Secretary.

UGC & AICTE to Collab on Higher Education Policies – Reasons of Forming the Panel

  • To develop a roadmap for the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to collaborate as a unified regulatory body.
  • To pave the way for the formation of the proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).
  • To identify areas where UGC and AICTE can collaborate on formulating new policies and regulations using a common approach.
  • To ensure that the officials from the two bodies (UGC and AICTE) come together on identified areas in a different set of subcommittees.
  • To have a framework ready for a setting in which the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) can serve as the primary governing authority for higher education in place of UGC and AICTE.

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  • To read more about HECI, click here.
  • To read about UGC’s guidelines on higher education, click here.

FAQs

What is the HECI?

The Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) will be the new higher education regulatory body, which will replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The establishment of HECI was anticipated under the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020. HECI will be formed to reduce the current level of fragmentation in the education sector. Therefore, a single, centrally located agency in the form of HECI will oversee higher education.

What is the full form of AICTE?

The full form of AICTE is All India Council for Technical Education.

What is the function of UGC?

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is the only grant-making authority in the nation to have been given two responsibilities, the first is approving funds to higher education institutions and second one is to ensure coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education.

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