HRD Ministry has extended the last date for receiving the suggestions/feedback on HECI Act 2018, which has been proposed for replacing UGC.
06 July 2018: The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has extended the deadline for providing feedback/suggestions/comments on the Higher Education Commission of India Act 2018 till 20 July. The extension of the deadline was announced through a press conference. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told media, “Till date we have received 3,000 suggestions in all, including 500 in writing. We feel that there are people still out there who wish to make suggestions, so we are extending the deadline till July 20 now.”
The new act has been drafted for replacing UGC Act 1956. In other words, the HRD Ministry has decided to scrap the University Grants Commission (UGC) and introduce a new body namely the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The decision was rolled on 27 June and HRD Minister had made an appeal to all educationists, stakeholders and the general public to share their suggestions on the Act by 7th July 2018 till 5 PM.
Meanwhile, HRD Minister has appreciated the Union Cabinet’s decision to expand the scope of HEFA (Higher Education Financing Agency) by increasing its capital base to ₹ 1,00,000 crore. He said through his twitter handle:
“Increase of allocation for education from ₹ 65,867 Cr in 2013-14 to ₹ 1,10,000 Cr in 2018-19 (67% increase) without any raise in fee is a huge push for research & academic infrastructure with social equity.”
The Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) will focus solely on the academic matters. Monetary grants would be awarded by the ministry. Less government and more governance, end of inspection raj, separation of grant function, powers to enforce, and focus on academic quality are some of the highlights of the HECI Act 2018.
The complete draft act is available on the official website of MHRD. Suggestions can be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) and Council of Architecture (CoA) are not included under the purview of HECI and both the bodies have the responsibility of setting standards for legal and architecture studies respectively.