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Join the debate on the proposed Higher Education Commission of India

What is your view on this body that the government plans to replace the University Grants Commission with? It is a conspiracy to marketize higher education, carried out in a very systematic, phased manner, writes Vishad Kumar:

Academicians disagreement with the government’s intent to replace the University Grants Commission with the new body largely stems from the scope in the new Bill for political interference in higher education.

In the month of July, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced that it was introducing a Bill in Parliament to repeal the UGC Act and replace it with the Higher Education Commission of India Act 2018 (HECI). Deliberations over the draft Bill are still continuing.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has opposed the government’s decision to wind up UGC. DUTA says direct interference of government will increase if the HECI Bill is passed. This is because when UGC becomes HECI, it will surrender its power to regulate and provide grants to universities to MHRD.

According to the draft HECI Bill, HECI will solely oversee academic matters. MHRD will sanction and release the grants.

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About The Author

Vishad Kumar

Vishad Kumar, who penned stories and poems, bid goodbye to the world of literature about two decades back and took to journalism. He did reporting for newspapers like Aawaz, Prabhat Khabar, Bihar Observer, Dainik Jagran, Hindustan, Senior India and Itwar, among others. Besides, he also wrote articles for Amar Ujala, Dainik Bhaskar and Navbharat Times. Currently, he is a freelance journalist committed to bringing about socio-political change. His interests include painting and photography