UGC to be Changed as HECI Soon, Difference between UGC and HECI


The Indian decided to change UGC ( University Grants Commission) to Higher Education Commission of India ( HECI). A draft bill was set to launch in the parliament in the next session.

What is Higher Education Commission of India?
HECI will be the new, apex regulator for university and higher education in India. It has to set benchmarks for academic performance, ensure that institutions adhere to these and act against those that violate standards.

It will replace UGC once Parliament repeals UGC Act, 1951. The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry will pilot the Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act)  .. The complete Details will be present at the releasing of the draft bill , The Official website of HECI  and Many more details.

what is the difference between UGC and the HECI was :

Financial powersIt disburses grants to Central institutions out of its fundsIt will specify standards for grant of authorization to a university or higher educational institution to commence its academic operations.
Academic powersIt is mandated to promote and coordinate university education and determine and maintain standards of teaching, examination and research.It will specify standards for grant of authorization to a university of higher educational institution to commence its academic operations.
Inspection To assess financial needs or standards of teaching in an institution, UGC conducts periodic inspections No inspections.The body will prescribe norms on academic performance by higher educational institutions.
Action on bogus institutions  Affiliations of colleges to universities can be terminated for contravention of its regulations. It can withhold grants to universities for violations of its regulations. It occasionally publishes lists of bogus institutions. It will be empowered to penalize or even shut down sub-standard institutions without affecting students' interests. If the management of the institution does not comply with the penalties, they can land in jail for up to three years.
CompositionHas a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and 10 members appointed by the Central government, some ex-officia members and some from academia, industry. The Chairman's retirement age is 65 and has a term of 5 years, with an extension of additional 5 years. It shall comprise a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, and 12 members to be appointed by the Center, including educationists and a member of the industry. The Chairperson's retirement age is 70, will hold office for five years.
DisputesIn case of any dispute between the Center and the UGC on policy, the Center prevails. The Center prevails in case of any dispute between the Center and the HECI on policy.
Regular staffThe UGC appoints its own staff. The same will apply to the HECI as well. The present staff of UGC will be re-trained to work on fully digital mode — without physical files — at HECI.

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