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2) Examine whether HECI Bill stays true to the maxim “less government, more governance”?(250 words) 

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2) Examine whether HECI Bill stays true to the maxim “less government, more governance”?(250 words) 


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Why this question

Analysis of HECI Bill has adorned the opinion columns of all newspaper’s editorial pages. HECI Bill proposes major changes in the regulatory architecture of India’s higher education. The challenge is to ensure that the lessons from UGC are learnt. This questions tries to analyze that aspect and hence is important.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to delve deeper into a key objective of the government in bringing the HECI Bill, which seeks to ensure that higher education is made free from the regulatory obstructions that it experienced frequently in the UGC regime. Thus we have to examine the provisions of the bill and see if it lessens the involvement of government and its bodies in the functioning and management of higher educational institutions.

Directive word

Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Give details about HECI Bill and underline the fact that the Bill aims to reduce the role of government in management and functioning of higher education


  • Explain what is meant by “less government more governance” – downsize scope of regulator, remove interference etc
  • Discuss how the Bill seeks to achieve this – replacing UGC which was saddled with such issues, resting power in an independent commission etc
  • Examine how far the legislation fulfills it’s mandate of lessening government’s overarching control – discuss how the government still retains control as discussed in the articles.

Conclusion – Give your view on what reforms should be brought in the Bill in its current shape.