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Government seeks feedback to scrap UGC, set up Higher Education Commission

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission is all set to give way to the Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018, which the government is branding as the “end of inspection raj.”

The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has uploaded the draft of the Act, which provides for establishing the HECI by repealing the UGC Act, 1956, on its website on Wednesday evening. The government is inviting feedback from the public.

The ministry has prepared a draft Act for repeal of UGC and setting up of the commission, whose mandate would be to improve academic standards with a specific focus on learning outcomes, evaluation of academic performance by institutions, mentoring of institutions, training of teachers and promoting the use of educational technology, among others. Unlike UGC, HECI will not have grant functions and would focus only on academic matters. The ministry will deal with the grant functions.

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