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HRD Ministry to replace UGC with Higher Education Commission of India

Prakash Javadekar appealed to stakeholders to send their recommendations on the Act by July 7

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Prakash Javadekar

The Centre is set to replace the apex higher education regulator body (UGC) with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) by repealing the Act, 1951, HRD Minister said on Wednesday.

"In a landmark decision, a draft Act for repeal of #& setting up #HECI (Higher Education Commission of India) has been prepared," tweeted.

He said the draft act is in accordance with the commitment of the government to reform the regulatory mechanism to provide "more autonomy" to higher education institutes to promote excellence and facilitate holistic growth of the

The proposed Higher Education Commission of India would focus solely on academic matters and monetary grants would be under the purview of the ministry, according to the draft.

Presently, The (UGC), which came into existence in 1953, provides financial assistance to eligible colleges.

The new Act will be called the Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of Act).

The has asked educationists, general public and other stakeholders to give comments and suggestions before 5 pm on July 7 on the draft, which has been released on its website.

The new Act is likely to be tabled in the during the monsoon session.

The government was earlier planning a single regulator for technical education, national council teachers training and

However, it has been decided to strengthen the higher education regulator as it was felt that the current commission remains preoccupied with disbursing funds to institutes and is unable to concentrate on other key areas such as mentoring institutes, focusing on research to be undertaken and other quality measures required in the sector.

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First Published: Thu, June 28 2018. 02:24 IST