Bill To Scrap UGC, AICTE To Be Placed Before Cabinet In October: HRD Ministry

Bill To Scrap UGC, AICTE To Be Placed Before Cabinet In October: HRD Ministry

NEW DELHI: The proposed Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which is set to replace the UGC, will also take over the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and a bill in this regard will be placed before the Cabinet next month, according to HRD Ministry officials.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) had last year announced its decision to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) by repealing the UGC Act, 1951. The draft bill was put in public domain and feedback and suggestions were sought from stakeholders.

“The Higher Education Commission of India will be a single regulator and replace UGC and AICTE. The bill has been prepared after elaborate consultation with states. It will be taken to the Cabinet in October,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.

“The HECI will be created by repealing the UGC Act, 1951 and AICTE Act, 1987,” the official said.

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank” had informed Parliament in July that the HECI will promote the quality of academic instruction, maintenance of academic standards and encourage autonomy of good performing educational institutions for free pursuit of knowledge, innovation, skills and entrepreneurship.

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