NCHER bill passed; single education regulatory body to be set-up soon

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for the establishment of National Commission of Higher Education and Research (NCHER), an overarching body in higher education to oversee universities and technical institutes. It will subsume all existing regulatory bodies, including UGC, AICTE and Council of Distance Education. These agencies monitor various components of higher education in the country.

The body will have 70 members, with representatives from every state and regulatory bodies. The proposal to establish NCHER was suggested by Prof Yash Pal Committee and it was based on the recommendations of National Knowledge Commission.

NCHER will cover all areas and disciplines, including general, technical and professional education, and according to sources, also some research components in the field of medicine. 

Earlier, the setting up of NCHER was disrupted when the HRD ministry announced taking over the medical education under the bill. The health ministry had opposed it and approached the cabinet for clearance of National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) Bill.

[Source: IBNLive]

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29 thoughts on “NCHER bill passed; single education regulatory body to be set-up soon”

  1. Its realy a nice step taken by govt of India MHRD, as till date All India Council for technical Education is not capable to handing all work alloted. As for example Special Secretaory MHRD had alloted a work of re-structuring NTMIS schme (which very much useful for development of Technical Manpower in India), this work was alloted on 16th August, but till date AICTE is unable to work on this while time given for this job was 30 days. Unfortunatly AICTE has plenty of shortage of manpower (Only 5% regula staff) rest of 45% are of deputation who are unable to work with dedication. Rest of working staff is overloaded. So I will apprciate this step with open heart.

  2. Truly good job. As AICTE is just a body to collect money from institutions irrespective of their services. Like NTMIS had field Investigators who personally visited to Institutions and found insufficient Faculty, inadaquate infrasturcture, but again again sanctioned from AICTE. Now such a GHOTALA could checked. It is well known that Proff Yadav (Ex Chaiman of AICTE ) is under CBI Investigation.

  3. Great achievement. Getting relieved from multiple regulatory agencies shall allow us to pay more attention towards our academics.

  4. Before we go over board with joy, let us wait for the Parliament to enact the bill into law, without mutilations!
    – Dr. K. Mohandas, Vice Chancellor, Kerala University of Health Sciences, Trichur

  5. Its a good development being in the education field for more then a decade, we were anticipating this type mechanism to regulate.

  6. undoubtfully it is a nice step . AICTE & other bodies are fully involve in currption ,unothorized collection of money from Institutions ,many of AICTE officers are under CBI investigatition for many carore scam.

  7. A revolutionary step in the history of Education. However, an integrated approach with proper coordination with Primary and Secondary Education should be focused upon to achieve desired goals. Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

  8. Really an Excellent step in Higher Education for which all were awaiting for. Let us hope to get proper outcome of this.

  9. It is a commendable and timely step taken by Mr. Kapil Sibal and his HRD Ministry. This will solve many problems, including pay disparity, work-load, research grants, block-grants & above all recognition to institutions.

  10. A great step though late…… but important is how it is taken by stake-holders who are at the helm of affairs….. only now one has to wait and watch. yes thanks to Mr. K. Sibal

  11. One of the commendable decision of the Government.Great appreciation to Hon.Minister of HRD.This will streamline many system by itself and the Nation’s Focus will be in the correct direction of Education.

  12. This is a very good step to reduce differences in regulating Higher education system. If the new regulatory body will be constituted in a transparent and well designed manner, India can curb currption and can have a unified higer education system.

  13. A grant step towards development. This will accelerate the approval procedure and save unnecessary frequency of inspections to be faced by the institutions. Hopefully it will have a platform to share the views of experts from different fields and disciplines.

  14. This will be an another chapter in the reforms of Higher Education Curriculum. One should try to understand why the previous bodies fail in discharging the designated duties/functions, obviously the intervention of highly powerful lobbies/authorities. As long as this continues, there would not be much benefit or expectations with regard to NCHER.
    As the entire world is bringing out several Decentralisation activities for smooth and speedy actions to be taken at the root/ unreached, it is very doubtful that how it will get a better shape in the vast country like India.
    Anyway, we welcome the new initiative in a positive manner and there is a need to have a watchdog to monitor the correctness of NCHER in the achievement of the desired goals under the leadership of Hon’ble Minister, Shri. Kapil Sibal, a man of reforms. His enthusiasm to give a new shape to the Indian Education is highly appreciable.