Government plans to regulate higher education | India News



NEW DELHI: The government is likely to introduce the bill to establish an overarching regulatory body for higher education – the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) – during the monsoon season of Parliament in July. The proposed commission will have the power to enforce academic quality standards and order the closure of substandard institutions. Failure to comply may result in fines or jail time.
HECI is a key regulatory reform envisaged in the National Education Policy 2020 in which it was stated that “the regulatory system needs a complete overhaul in order to reinvigorate the higher education sector and enable it to thrive”.
The idea of ​​an umbrella body of regulators actually predated NEP 2020, when in June 2018 the government posted a bill online titled “Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act)”.
According to the new education policy, the regulation of higher education “has been plagued by very fundamental problems, such as high concentrations of power within a few bodies, conflicts of interest between these bodies and a resulting lack of accountability”.
As outlined in the NEP 2020 and the draft being prepared at the Ministry of Education (MoE), HECI will have four vertical sectors – the National Higher Education Regulatory Council (NHERC) as the single regulator for the sector higher education; meta-accreditation body called National Accreditation Council (NAC); Higher Education Grants Council (HEGC), which will provide funding and funding for higher education; and the General Education Council (GEC), which will define the expected learning outcomes for higher education programmes.


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