NCHER bill likely to be cleared today

Aims to create overarching regulator to oversee universities, institutes of technical education


Jasleen Kaur | December 20, 2011

The union cabinet is likely to clear the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) bill on Tuesday, sources in the HRD ministry said. It would then be introduced in parliament soon.

Currently, universities operate under the University Grants Commission (UGC), while technical institutes are controlled by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Teacher training institutions fall under the purview of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The ministry is in charge of all these bodies.

NCHER was conceptualised on the basis of the report submitted by the Yash Pal committee in 2009. It had recommended an overarching regulator that will give more freedom to universities and institutes of higher education.

The NCHER bill aims to create an overarching regulator to oversee universities as well as institutes of technical education.

Earlier the proposed bill got into trouble when the HRD ministry announced taking over the medical education under the bill. The health ministry has opposed it and had approached the cabined for the clearance of National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill, 2011.



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