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An education policy committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary T.S.R. Subramanian, which is responsible to make a blueprint for a new national education policy, has recommended that the law that set up the higher education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) be allowed to lapse.
The committee's report, submitted recently to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, says the UGC has been unable to effectively implement its regulations which aimed at ensuring the quality of higher education in the country over the years.
The panel has also suggested an alternative arrangement for a pruned UGC. The grant commission could be revamped, made considerably leaner and thinner, and could be the nodal point for administration of the proposed National Higher Education Fellowship Programme, report suggested.
The UGC’s mandate includes overseeing disbursal of grants to colleges and fellowships to students, and recognising and monitoring institutions.
The Committee was informed that there are widespread irregularities in grant of approval of institutions and courses. There are serious concerns about the quality of education provided by a large number of colleges/universities, the report further mentioned.
It is the responsibility of the UGC to monitor standards of education in higher education institutions and the UGC has not succeeded in ensuring this. The credibility of the UGC has been seriously dented by approvals given to a large number of sub-standard colleges and deemed universities,” as per observed by committee, says the report.