Higher Education Commission of India will replace UGC


The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has uploaded the new draft in their website which will form Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Act 2018, repealing University Grants Commission (UGC) Act 1956.

The ministry has prepared a draft for repealing 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.


Unlike UGC, HECI will not have grant functions and would focus only on academic matters. The ministry will deal with the grant functions.


The government has branded HECI act as the end of inspection raj. A senior government official said,” The idea is to downsize the scope of regulation with no interference in the management issues of the educational institutions”.

According to the draft, the functions of the commission include steps for promoting the quality of an academic instruction and maintenance of academic standards, specifying learning outcomes for courses of study in higher education, laying down standards of teaching, assessment, research and evaluating the yearly academic performance of higher educational institutions, as well as putting in place a robust accreditation system for evaluation of academic outcomes by various HEIs, mentoring of institutions found to be failing in maintaining the required academic standards and ordering those institutions to be closed that fail to adhere to the minimum standards as long as it does not affect the student’s interest or those that fail to get accreditation within the specified period, among others.


The government is inviting feedback from the public, educationists, stakeholders and others by 7th July, 2018.

The proposed commission will have 12 other members appointed by the central government, apart from the chairperson and vice-chairperson. The members would include secretaries of higher education, ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship and department of science and technology, as well as the chairpersons of AICTE and NCTE and two serving vice chancellors, among others.

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