New HECI Draft Bill - UGC, AICTE, Architecture, Law Councils to be Replaced
A new version of the draft Higher
Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill has proposed to replace University
Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council of Technical Examinations (AICTE),
Bar Council of India and Council for Architecture. In its place a common
regulator to govern all areas of education except medicine will be put in
place, reported the New Indian Express.
The professions of architecture and law will be governed by the existing councils. The new version of the draft bill gives more autonomy to states and will allow creation of a special purpose vehicle, most likely in the form of a society headed by an academician, which will be responsible for disbursal of funds to universities.
The proposed commission is meant to suggest measures to promote autonomy of higher education institutions, reduce the scope of regulation and eliminate interference in their management.