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No plans to replace UGC, AICTE with single regulator, says MoS for HRD

The single higher education regulator has hit a roadblock with HRD ministry putting the idea on hold

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

No plans to replace UGC, AICTE with single regulator, says MoS for HRD

The government's plan to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) with a single higher education regulator seems to have hit a roadblock with the putting the idea on hold.

The plan to introduce Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency or with an aim to eliminate overlaps in the jurisdiction and remove irrelevant regulatory provisions is in limbo.


While the and the NITI Ayog were earlier working to bring technical and non-technical education institutions under one umbrella, there has been no headway yet on the same.

The issue was raised in Parliament last week where MoS for HRD said no proposal has been considered at present in this regard.

"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," Kushwaha had informed the Rajya Sabha.

HRD officials remained tight-lipped when asked about the reasons behind it.

The ministry officials had earlier claimed a detailed blueprint of the proposed regulator and its legislation is being worked upon. It was felt that multiple regulatory bodies led to excessive and restrictive regulation and hence contributed to the lack of institutional autonomy, they had said.

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 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.

The Review Committee in 2014 had also recommended the commission be replaced with an apex institution named Higher Education Authority.

First Published: Mon, August 14 2017. 00:15 IST
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