The decades old University Grants Commission (UGC) that provides financial assistance to eligible colleges appears to be running under its final leg, as the government will soon scrap down UGC and replace it with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) in a bid to “reform the educational system” in India.

Found in 1953, the purpose of forming central University Grants Commission (UGC) was to identify and finance colleges across India for are eligible for receiving financial assistance. After over six decades of functioning, Modi-led Central government is planning to scrap down the UGC and replace it by forming the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The announcement was made by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar saying that a draft for “repeal of UGC and setting up HECI (Higher Education Commission of India) has been prepared”.

After the UGC will be repealed, the newly formed Higher Education Commission of India will require to concentrate on academic matters and the financial matters related to educational institutes will be looked on by the HRD ministry. The landmark decision that will unravel the education management at national level and is expected to prove the government’s commitment to make reforms in mechanisms to provide “more autonomy to higher education in India and facilitate growth and excellence of the entire educational system.”

The reform will be made under a new Act that will be called the Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act). The draft of the Act is already presented on the HRD website and educationists, general public and other stakeholders are asked by the Centre to give their suggestions and comments on July 7 at 5PM. The draft is likely to be tabled in the Parliament in the upcoming monsoon session – after which, it will become an Act.

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