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Parliamentary committee rejects proposal for setting up of NCHER
06 May 2013

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 effectively.”

“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

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ajitk
08 May 2013

"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.

Dr. S. M. Kulkarni
07 May 2013

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

Prof.N.R.DAVE
07 May 2013

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.