HEERA (Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency) is on its way to overtake and supersede the statutory Educational bodies i.e. UGC (University Grant Commission) and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). The Government of India is all set to form a higher education regulating body named Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) which will be going transform the administration hierarchy of the Indian Education System. The decision to replace the UGC and AICTE is taken after the meeting on education which was chaired by Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr Narender Modi.
The decision to make these big changes has been taken after a long advocacy by the experts and an education meeting chaired by the prime minister in early March this year. Setting up a new body HEERA may take some time, till then amendments to existing rules will be considered as an interim reform measure. The HRD (human resource development) ministry and the Niti Aayog are working together to implement the new law to form Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA).
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The government official said that the new regulatory body Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) is likely to be short and clean and it will outline minimum standards focused on the outcomes. The government official also said the single regulator would bring the greater synergy from the institutions in all over India. They said new body would also have the power to take strong penal action when required.
A committee has been formed to prepare a blueprint for setting up HEERA. The committee has Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and higher education secretary KK Sharma as members who are working closely on the detailed blueprint. An official from the government said that replacing UGC and AICTE by a single regulator HEERA will be the “cleanest and most sweeping reform” that will also eliminate all overlaps in the jurisdiction. Earlier, the idea of replacing multiple regulatory authorities with a single regulator has been proposed but not implemented. Yashpal Committee, the National Knowledge Commission, and the Hari Gautam Committee have been set up by the previous government to form a single regulator.
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