AICTE, UGC merge to form Higher Education Commission of India

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AICTE, UGC merge to form Higher Education Commission of India

AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said here on Thursday that key structural reforms in the education sector, especially the merger of regulators leading to the establishment of the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), will take place this year. According to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the HECI will be a single governing umbrella body for higher education. “All regulatory bodies, including the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the University Grants Commission (UGC), and the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), will be brought together by the HECI.” This will take effect this year, according to Sahasrabudhe. He said the NEP had many features that benefited students, faculty, and institutions during a one-day national conference on "Salient features of approval mechanism of handbook (2021-2022) for resetting technical education and implementing NEP."

Sahasrabudhe responded: “It opens up a door of opportunity. For academic and research cooperation and twinning, for example, top 100 institutions in the national ranking can partner with international institutions ranked in the top 500 globally,” he said. “It is completely elementary,” Sahasrabudhe said, blaming a segment of the media for the “confusion” that mathematics, physics, and chemistry are not required for admissions to undergraduate engineering and technology programs. He argues that without these, one cannot complete engineering education.

The policy, which aims to provide more flexibility in admissions, allows students from other streams to enroll in engineering colleges but requires them to take a course in physics, math, or a subject they did not study in high school, he added. He later told reporters, "They have to complete these bridge courses in order to finish their engineering degrees." When asked what would happen to students who struggled in math, physics, or chemistry, he said, "Those who come from a commerce background might succeed in entrepreneurship."

G V Selvam, vice president of VIT: “Those who apply to do so with zeal and expertise. They will cope, but if they do not, they will have to follow another path.” G V Selvam, vice president of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), spoke earlier at the conference and painted a bleak image of universities struggling to find qualified teaching faculty.

H Chaturvedi, director of BIMTECH, Greater Noida, urged the Centre to provide a financial package for educational institutions in the country that are wilting due to low admissions, financial constraints, and job losses, similar to the one offered by the US government to institutions there. Under the auspices of the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), a conference was held here.

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