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Modi Government Announces Repeal Of UGC Act And Formation Of HECI

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| June 27 , 2018 , 18:02 IST

The Union Government on Wednesday announced its plans of scrapping the existing UGC Act. This was announced by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Twitter.

"Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi has embarked on a process of reforms of the regulatory agencies for better administration of the HE sector. In a landmark decision, a draft Act for repeal of UGC & setting up HECI (Higher Education Commission of India) has been prepared." he tweeted.

The HECI Act, 2018 will be presented in Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session. This draft bill has been prepared by the ministry of human resource development (HRD). The Parliamentary passage of the Act will be a challenging aspect for the Modi Government.

The HRD Ministry has invited public suggestions on the bill named 'Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018' before 5 p.m on July 7 for the draft bill. The comments may be mailed to reformofugc@gmail.com.

Human Resource Development ministry had been working on setting up Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency to set up new rules applicable by scrapping both AICTE and UGC.

The responsibility of HECI will include improving academic standards with a specific focus on learning outcomes, evaluation of academic performance by institutions, mentoring of institutions, training of teachers, promote the use of educational technology etc.

The Government has said that the focus is on higher education commission, that will boost more autonomy to institutes, facilitate holistic growth, and provide greater opportunities to the Indian students at more affordable cost. The Government is also looking forward to allowing foreign investment in the higher education sector for the betterment.