Proposed Higher Education Commission to be independent: Government

New Delhi, July 28, 2018: The Government today asserted that the proposed Higher Education Commission would be an “independent” body and that rights of states would not be impunged, amid concerns expressed by members over replacing the UGC.

The Higher Education Commission of India Bill, 2018 seeks to repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956 and establish the Commission to effectively attain standards and enhance quality of higher education according to

Human Resources Development Minister Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha that the new body would not be a government ministry but an independent body.

“We are not converting it into a bureaucratic organisation… it will remain independent,” Javadekar said, adding the context has changed now.

When the UGC was set up in 1956, there were 20 universities, 500 colleges and around 2 lakh students. Now, there are over 900 universities, 40,000 colleges and more than 3.5 crore students, the minister said.

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