Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
2) Creation of a body like Higher education Commission of India (HECI) is a welcome move in the path of reforming higher education in India. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question
The government has expressed its intention to bring in the Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill, 2018, which will replace UGC with HECI. It will bring substantial and much required reform in the higher education regulation of India. The issue is related to gs- 2 syllabus under the following heading –
Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the salient provisions of the Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 and How is HECI, the body proposed by the bill better than UGC.
Discuss- This is an all encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about all the important and related aspects of the question – salient provisions of the given bill and discuss how they aim to reform the higher education in India.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – mention that Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 which seeks to repeal UGC Act and provides for setting up of HECI has been placed in public domain for comments and suggestions.
- Discuss the salient provisions of HECI bill and how the proposed body HECI will be better than UGC. e.g The new regime separates the academic and funding aspects of higher education with no powers of grant with HECI; regime of transparent public disclosure vs inspection system in UGC; more powers than UGC like power to shut down bogus and sub-standard academic institutions etc.
- Mention the other provisions of the bill which will help reforming higher education in India. E.g roadmap for mentoring of institutions found failing in maintaining the required academic standards, Code of Good Practices covering promotion of research, teaching and learning; making education affordable to all etc.
Conclusion- mention that this is a welcome step and should be complemented by reforming other bodies like AICTE, NCTE etc.