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Developments So Far in Higher Education

  • Reform of NAAC

  • Regulation for grant of Graded Autonomy to Universities

  • Granting of Autonomous status to colleges

  • Regulation for Open Distance Learning

  • Regulation for Online degrees

The Act may be called the Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act, 1956) – presented in monsoon session

Why?

  • Bring end of inspector raj

  • Separation of grant funds - focus only on academic matters

  • Less government and more governance

  • Focus on academic quality

  • Powers to enforce

What Will Be Focus Areas?

  • For better administration

  • More autonomy

  • Holistic growth of education system

  • Affordable cost

  • Foreign investments

  • Academic matters

  • No interference in management issues of educational institutes

  • Regulations by transparent public disclosure

  • Regulations on opening and closing of educational institutions

  • Enforce compliance to the academic standards

  • Order closure of substandard and bogus institutions

  • Fine institutes that don’t comply with academic standards

Composition

  • 12 member panel (5 years)

    • Three members representing Central Government namely: Secretary of Higher Education, Secretary of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Secretary Department of Science and Technology.

    • Two Chairpersons of other Regulatory Bodies of Education, namely Chairperson of All India Council for Technical Education and Chairperson of National Council for Teacher Education;

    • Two Chairpersons of the Executive Council/Governing Body of accreditation bodies;

    • Two serving Vice Chancellors of Universities known for their academic excellence;

    • Two serving Professors of Universities, reputed for research and knowledge creation;

    • One doyen of Industry

  • Along with Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson (age limit 70 years)

  • scholars of eminence and standing in the field of academics and research, possessing leadership qualities, proven capacities for institution building and deep understanding of issues of higher education policy and practice

Highlights

  • Improving academic standards and quality of higher education, specifying norms for learning outcomes, lay down standards of teaching/research etc.

  • It will provide a roadmap for mentoring of institutions found failing in maintaining the required academic standards.

  • It shall have the power to enforce its decisions through legal provisions in the Act,

  • Power to grant authorization for starting of academic operations on the basis of their compliance with norms of academic quality.

  • Revoke authorization granting to a higher education institution where there is a case of willful or continuous default in compliance with the norms / regulations.

  • Recommend closure of institutions which fail to adhere to minimum standards without affecting students’ interest.

  • Formulate a Code of Good Practices covering promotion of research, teaching and learning.

  • The constitution of the Commission is strengthened by the cooption of Chairpersons of regulatory bodies in higher education, namely the AICTE and the NCTE.

  • Provides for the penal provisions, which albeit graded in nature, will cover withdrawal of power to grant degrees/ diplomas or direction to cease academic operations and in cases of willful non-compliance, may result in prosecution sanction as per the Criminal Procedure Code with a punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend up to 3 years.

  • Advisory Council to render advice to the Commission on matters concerning coordination and determination of standards in the country. This will be represented by the Chairpersons / Vice-Chairpersons of State Councils for Higher Education and chaired by the Union Minister for HRD.

  • Specify norms and processes for fixing of fee chargeable by higher education institutions

  • Monitor, through a national data base, all matters covering the development of emerging fields of knowledge and balanced growth of higher education institutions in all spheres and especially in promotion of academic quality in higher education.