Parliamentary committee rejects proposal for setting up of NCHER

Create: 05/06/2013 - 14:41

Department-related parliamentary standing committee on human
resource development has rejected the proposal of government for creation of an
overarching body subsuming the role of University Grants Commission (UGC) and
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The committee in its report has stated, “UGC and AICTE are
the two statutory agencies handling the higher and technical education sector
in the country for the last so many years. Both these bodies which have been
there for the last so many decades have carried out their mandated tasks very

“They have played a leading role in the massive expansion of
higher education in the country through a large number of schemes and statutory
regulatory framework,” it added.

The report says that the Committee has been strongly
advocating their cause, the need for their further strengthening in every
respect. However, the Government has brought in a proposed legislation which
envisages the setting up of an over-arching Commission where under both UGC and
AICTE are to be subsumed.

“The Committee has given its Report on the Bill, thereby not
accepting the proposal for doing away with these two bodies. In spite of their
important role, the Higher Education and Research Bill, 2012 envisaged to
subsume the two bodies within an over-arching body like the National Commission
for Higher Education and Research,” says the committee.

The Committee had strongly recommended for continuance of
the existence of these vital bodies for effective regulation of higher and
technical education. The Committee reiterates once again that UGC and AICTE
have to be strengthened. There should not be dearth of funds for these agencies
in fulfilment of their objectives with all the problem-areas and constraints
being removed.

The report says that the Committee is afraid that with the
proposed legislation on the over-arching Commission still to be brought again
before the Parliament; an element of uncertainty about the status of UGC and
AICTE must have crept in. With the passing of the time, the same may increase
further. The Committee, therefore, strongly recommends that required action may
be taken by the Government on an urgent basis, ensuring that both UGC and AICTE
continue to function in a more organised and effective manner. 

By Abhay Anand


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The Committee needs to be congratulated for expressing its forthright view without ambivalence. NCHER would have been a disaster, unwieldy and focusless.It is not understood why other national statutory professional councils--like Mecical,Pharmacy, Architecture...- are not mentioned.
AICTE/UGC might have faultered at times, might have been notoriously rigid and bureaucratic, insensitive and indifferent on ocassions; it all depends on the person of Chief of the Council to restore dignity of the institute one heads and his uncompromising stance to keep politicians and bureaucrats away.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Good decision by the Parliamentary Committee. It is not correct to change the whole set up to do the same thing. The main issue is to provide adequate funding for the higher education and allow academicians to contribute. The focus should be on basic and applied research. It is quite possible to revamp the HE with innovative ideas and participation from all the stake holders. -Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

"balihari guru aapne givind diya batay". It is confusing. Who appointed NCHER and What for? Is the malice not existing and what is the remedy? How not cleaning the black board can be good for learning? RUSA shall lead us to that with the mandate of equity, access, excellence and fund . If the amalgamation of knowledge through various statutory professional council of medical, pharmacy, architecture ... is not done; will Indian university will be the list of 10 Top in the world? Or shall it remains in the water tight compartment of statutory status only for permission and omissions? How one is able to enhance the quality of HE and build knowledge with the battery of ad hoc appointments? Not accepting the recommendation doesn't mean negation of need but only confirmation for new lease of life in-spite of not able to do enough. It is a political decision not aware of situation take by the virtue of position.

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