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NCHER bill passed; single education regulatory body to be set-up soon
21 Dec 2011

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for the establishment of National Commission of Higher Education and Research (NCHER), an overarching body in higher education to oversee universities and technical institutes. It will subsume all existing regulatory bodies, including UGC, AICTE and Council of Distance Education. These agencies monitor various components of higher education in the country.

The body will have 70 members, with representatives from every state and regulatory bodies. The proposal to establish NCHER was suggested by Prof Yash Pal Committee and it was based on the recommendations of National Knowledge Commission.

NCHER will cover all areas and disciplines, including general, technical and professional education, and according to sources, also some research components in the field of medicine. 

Earlier, the setting up of NCHER was disrupted when the HRD ministry announced taking over the medical education under the bill. The health ministry had opposed it and approached the cabinet for clearance of National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill.

[Source: IBNLive]

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PRASAD, Bangalore
17 Jan 2012

This will be an another chapter in the reforms of Higher Education Curriculum. One should try to understand why the previous bodies fail in discharging the designated duties/functions, obviously the intervention of highly powerful lobbies/authorities. As long as this continues, there would not be much benefit or expectations with regard to NCHER.
As the entire world is bringing out several Decentralisation activities for smooth and speedy actions to be taken at the root/ unreached, it is very doubtful that how it will get a better shape in the vast country like India.
Anyway, we welcome the new initiative in a positive manner and there is a need to have a watchdog to monitor the correctness of NCHER in the achievement of the desired goals under the leadership of Hon'ble Minister, Shri. Kapil Sibal, a man of reforms. His enthusiasm to give a new shape to the Indian Education is highly appreciable.

Dr. C. S. Magdum
03 Jan 2012

A grant step towards development. This will accelerate the approval procedure and save unnecessary frequency of inspections to be faced by the institutions. Hopefully it will have a platform to share the views of experts from different fields and disciplines.

Dr. Uttam Kumar panda
28 Dec 2011

This is a very good step to reduce differences in regulating Higher education system. If the new regulatory body will be constituted in a transparent and well designed manner, India can curb currption and can have a unified higer education system.

Dr. S.A.Pillai
23 Dec 2011

One of the commendable decision of the Government.Great appreciation to Hon.Minister of HRD.This will streamline many system by itself and the Nation's Focus will be in the correct direction of Education.

V K Dilawari
22 Dec 2011

It is hoped that corruption will be reduced but only when this body is not dominated by babus.

Dr. Parvez Abdulla
22 Dec 2011

A great step though late...... but important is how it is taken by stake-holders who are at the helm of affairs..... only now one has to wait and watch. yes thanks to Mr. K. Sibal

Dr. A. Devaraj
22 Dec 2011

It is a commendable and timely step taken by Mr. Kapil Sibal and his HRD Ministry. This will solve many problems, including pay disparity, work-load, research grants, block-grants & above all recognition to institutions.

Dr. V.P. Gosavi
22 Dec 2011

Really an Excellent step in Higher Education for which all were awaiting for. Let us hope to get proper outcome of this.

Dr. S. M. Kulkarni
22 Dec 2011

A revolutionary step in the history of Education. However, an integrated approach with proper coordination with Primary and Secondary Education should be focused upon to achieve desired goals. Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

LALIT Kr. MISRA
22 Dec 2011

undoubtfully it is a nice step . AICTE & other bodies are fully involve in currption ,unothorized collection of money from Institutions ,many of AICTE officers are under CBI investigatition for many carore scam.

Prof Madhu B K
22 Dec 2011

Its a good development being in the education field for more then a decade, we were anticipating this type mechanism to regulate.

Dr. K. Mohandas
22 Dec 2011

Before we go over board with joy, let us wait for the Parliament to enact the bill into law, without mutilations!
- Dr. K. Mohandas, Vice Chancellor, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Trichur

Dr.Aditya Chaturvedi
21 Dec 2011

It is good for present education system.

Dr.C.G.Dethe
21 Dec 2011

Great achievement. Getting relieved from multiple regulatory agencies shall allow us to pay more attention towards our academics.

MUKESH CHAND SHARMA
21 Dec 2011

Truly good job. As AICTE is just a body to collect money from institutions irrespective of their services. Like NTMIS had field Investigators who personally visited to Institutions and found insufficient Faculty, inadaquate infrasturcture, but again again sanctioned from AICTE. Now such a GHOTALA could checked. It is well known that Proff Yadav (Ex Chaiman of AICTE ) is under CBI Investigation.

MUKESH CHAND SHARMA
21 Dec 2011

Its realy a nice step taken by govt of India MHRD, as till date All India Council for technical Education is not capable to handing all work alloted. As for example Special Secretaory MHRD had alloted a work of re-structuring NTMIS schme (which very much useful for development of Technical Manpower in India), this work was alloted on 16th August, but till date AICTE is unable to work on this while time given for this job was 30 days. Unfortunatly AICTE has plenty of shortage of manpower (Only 5% regula staff) rest of 45% are of deputation who are unable to work with dedication. Rest of working staff is overloaded. So I will apprciate this step with open heart.

Prof Mohammad Miyan
21 Dec 2011

It is wonderful thing to happen to the Education system in India. The reform was long over due.
It is also important to make sure that there should be no confusion during transitory period.

Dr. S.A.Pillai
21 Dec 2011

A Wonderfull achievement by Mr Kapil Sibbal for getting this much awaited bill, cleared by the cabinet. This was the need of the hour and it removes the need to have so many other redundant agencies like UGC, DCI, AICTE etc. We wish and hope to have a high caliber professional expert to head this prestigious position.

Abhilash Nayak
21 Dec 2011

This historic initiative by the Government of India, hopefully, will eradicate the maladies that higher education has been suffering since long. A single body should be able to understand, interpret and intervene in the various issues pertaining to higher education from a holistic point of view and bring an unprecedented integration among the various disciplines of human knowledge and contribute to the enhancement of quality in education and research.

KTR
21 Dec 2011

I think this may help all education systems including medicine, management, education and others.

manoj kamra
21 Dec 2011

This Act will be very helpful in preventing corruption in education sector. Hardly, 10-20% engg colleges have faculty,infrastructure as per norms but no action takes place.
One technical university has been promoting failures in all subjects students to next higher classes upto IV year of engg degree since 2006. No action taking place till date due to UGC,AICTE being separate entities under no single umbrella like NCHER.
This shameful incident in technical education can be indina only in the world where failures in all subjects are promoted continuously to next higher classes 3-times upto IV year.
Our best wishes for NCHER for year 2012.

Prof Dr Sadanand M Yamakanamardi
21 Dec 2011

Kudos to Central Govt and esp. to Mr Kapil Sibbal for getting this much and long awaited bill by the cabinet. Which is need of the hour and also removes the need to have so many redundant agencies like UGC, DCI, etc. Since this NCHER is going to have about 70 members from all over India. People like us can contribute our might for the advancement and attaining excellence in the Higher Education Sector of India.

Dr.T.K.Chatterjee
21 Dec 2011

The most important point is whether the NCHER Bill is passed by the Parliament. I hope it will not be referred to the Standing Committee but approved by the House. However, the noise and pollution over LOKPAL arising out of despotic and anti-Parliament agitation of Anna Hazare and his corrupt cronies ( Team Anna ), the Bill may be pushed to the back burner.

K C R Raja
21 Dec 2011

Long overdue. We hope the new body will truly have the freedom and authority intended to be given to it and that it will work in a totally corruption free environment. It would also need to have a comprehensive relook at the regulatory framework and while retaining critical controls, focus on measures to improve qua
lity.
K C R Raja

DR. S.R. Kajale
21 Dec 2011

This is one of the wonderful development we were waiting for. It would be definitely helpful.