As per a senior official of the government, the Higher Education Commission has agreed to abolish autonomous bodies such as the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) by the next academic year of 2021. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has suggested the idea of establishing the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) as a single unified organization for higher education, except for medical and legal education. Let’s know more about the proposed Higher Education Commission which will replace UGC and AICTE in 2021!
The Higher Education Secretary, Mr Amit Khare said in a virtual conference that was held by the FICCI that people will see some of the substantial improvements in the educational infrastructure by early 2021. He added that the common admission tests might be introduced for enrollment to all affiliated colleges and also the Academic Bank of Credit by which one can change credits from one institution to the other.
As per the administrative reforms expected for the next academic term, entities such as the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Technical Education Council (AICTE) and the National Teacher Education Council (NCTE) will be unified and then replaced by the Highe Education Commission. Mr. Amit Khare also added that by the next academic session, the Government will have a single and unified Higher Education Commission of India which will oversee the Higher Education Body.
Khare also talked about the National Development Fund, which has been listed in the National Education Policy, and how it can support and encourage research around the nation. He said in the conference that all institutions, whether private, government or centralized, should provide competitive financing like the U.S. National Science Foundation. In addition to that, he also added that Social Science will now be part of the National Research Fund.
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India has been proposing a unified higher education authority for the last decade. The previous administration of the Unified Progressive Alliance (UPA) transferred a proposal to the Rajya Sabha, which had been later removed by the Government of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) following a change of government in the Center. This step towards the Higher Education Commission replacing UGC and AICTE is surely towards improving and unifying the higher education system of the country. Keep watching this space on Leverage Edu for more updates from the global educational sphere and don’t forget to check out our exclusive reads on emerging courses, careers and more!