The Prime Minister of India is promoting a new Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) of education for changing the way of Indian Education. For this, HRD ministry & the Niti Aayog are working on this. The Central Government plans to dissolve the All India Council for Technical Education and the University Grant Commission with the single body tentatively titled HEERA. According to statements made by Human Resource Development Minister having a single statutory body for higher education will simplify and consolidate the mass of regulations and compliances that currently operate in the sector.
National Knowledge Commission (NKC) recommends reforms in the education system. Further in 2009 – Yashpal Committee identified a need for a “drastic overhaul” of the higher education system. The national Institute for transforming India and the Ministry of HRD are in the process of drafting a formal proposal to introduce HEERA Law.
The main motive behind scrapping of UGC and AICTE by a single regulator is to eliminate all overlaps in the jurisdiction and do away with regulatory provisions that may no longer be relevant. Also, the Jurisdiction of AICTE and UGC often tends to overlap each other because UGC governs the universities and prescribes minimum standards for higher education while AICTE performs the similar functions for the “technical education”. When any institutions comes under the domain of both then this problem of multiplicity is arises leading to lack of clarity over which regulations to conform to.
Now, UGC is only two primary functions:
- Providing funds to educational institutions.
- Coordinating, determining and maintaining standards in institution of higher education.
AICTE primary functions are:
- Promoting technical quality in technical education.
- Planning the co-ordination and development of the technical education system.
- Regulations of technical education and maintenance of norms and standards for technical education and maintenance of norms and standard for technical education in India.
Finally we can conclude that HEERA is expected to have a sharpen teeth than the AICTE and UGC. Also, HEERA law is likely to empower HEERA to take strict penal action against defaulting institution. Thus, both private and government authorities seemed pleased with idea of a single, unified regulator to govern the higher education space.
By – Deepanshu Tuteja
(Student @ ALS, Gurgaon)