New Indian government bill proposes replacing UGC by HECI

The Ministry of Human Resources proposed a draft bill seeking to repeal the University Grants Commission Act, 1951 and creating the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). According to the proposal, the new commission will deal only with academic matters while monetary grants will be overseen by the ministry. The proposed bill met with concerns amongst academicians who pointed out it was not clear whether the administration of funds will belong to the commission or the ministry. They also questioned whether the draft ensured the autonomy of the commission, and not just colleges and universities, which is a key characteristic of the UGC.

 

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