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4)The newly envisaged body for higher education, Higher Education Commission of India,goes against  several of its ke objectives. Comment.(250 words)

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4)The newly envisaged body for higher education, Higher Education Commission of India,goes against  several of its ke objectives. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

There has been a discussion around HECI in several questions, posted in the past few days. This questions further adds to the criticism of HECI and its limitations.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to simply look into the provisions and the s objectives of HECI and how the provisions  themselves oppose those objectives.

Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue in terms of the key demand of the question. We have to draw an opinion on the issue for/ against the statement  and substantiate/ support it though proper arguments/ facts etc.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Write a few lines about HECI and its replacement of UGC.

Body-

  • Discuss the key stated objectives of forming HECI. E.g providing more autonomy to educational institutions; minimum government and maximum governance; to promoted ethos of academic freedom, diversity, and knowledge production etc.
  • Discuss how the provisions of the HECI (bill) are against the above objectives. E.g nature of the structure of the commission and its advisory council shows that they are bound to have more “government” in decision-making processes; non-compliance (of directions of the HECI) could result in fines or jail sentence; universities will have to take the concurrence of the HECI before offering a course; proposal to empower the Centre to remove the HECI’s chairperson and vice-chairperson for reasons including “moral turpitude”; focussing on homogeneous, one-size-fits-all administrative models etc.

Conclusion– based on your discussion form a personal opinion in the nature of the way-forward. E.g prioritizing school education, learning outcomes, give enough powers to HECI to deter institutes from any misconduct but at the same time giving sufficient autonomy to the institutes in order to foster innovation, research, creativity and academic freedom etc.