Higher Education

Higher Education

Single body to replace UGC, AICTE

PUBLISH DATE 7th June 2017

Will Eliminate Overlap In Jurisdiction

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.

The proposed Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) is aimed at eliminating overlaps in jurisdiction and remove irrelevant regulatory provisions.

The human resource development ministery is working with the Niti Aayog on a plan to bring technical as well as non-technical institutions under the same umbrella. According to sources, a detailed blueprint of the proposed regulator and its legislation is being worked upon.

“Both Niti and HRD ministry officials are working on the proposal. It was felt that multiple regulatory bodies led to excessive and restrictive regulation and hence contributed to lack of institutional autonomy ,“ a source said.

However, the plan is not a new one but has been recommended by various committees set up earlier.