The central government intends to set up a common higher educational body. This is the reason why the government UGC And AICTE has made preparations to merge the office. A committee has been constituted for this. There will be a common body to oversee the Higher Educational Institutions, to be known as the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). Its establishment was first proposed in 2018. At the same time, one of the biggest changes suggested under the National Education Policy (NEP) has been the establishment of a common body.
Now taking a step in this direction, a roadmap will be prepared for UGC and AICTE to work together as a single regulatory body. The task of preparing this roadmap has been given to a committee constituted. The first major areas to be merged are research and innovation, e-governance, translation of books in regional languages and examination reforms. In technical colleges, these works were being supervised by AICTE, while in universities and colleges with non-technical background, this work was being done by UGC.
What did the UGC chief say on the proposal?
The decision regarding the committee was taken in a meeting of all the bureau chiefs of technical education and higher education regulators. M Jagadesh Kumar, interim president of AICTE and chairman of UGC, said, "After detailed deliberations, it has come to the fore that both UGC and AICTE should do the same thing." They should work together on issues including Faculty Development Programme, Students and Faculty Induction Programme, Skill Development, Internship, Internationalization, securing two degrees simultaneously in physical, online and hybrid mode and Universal Human Values among others.
When will the institute be built?
It is believed that the central government can bring a bill from Parliament to establish HECI in the winter session. As per the National Education Policy 2020, HECI will be the only institution to look after the Higher Education. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC) and National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) will be merged with all regulatory bodies to form HECI. A committee has been constituted to oversee the merger. The committee, headed by the UGC Chief, also includes the Vice-Chairman of UGC and AICTE, the UGC Secretary and the AICTE Member-Secretary.
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