UGC and AICTE to be replaced by Higher Education Commission from academic year 2021

As reported by various news media, the Higher Education Commission of India, which envisages replacing autonomous bodies like the University Grants Commission (UGC) and AICTE, will be set up next academic session (2021)

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the recently approved education policy by the Union Cabinet, recommended setting up of the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) as a single overarching umbrella body for higher education, excluding medical and legal education.

According to Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare, “You will see some of the major changes in 2021 itself. If I could list out, for example, the common admission test for entrance to all central universities that are coming in 2021, the Academic Bank of Credit through which one can transfer credits from one university to another, that is also 2021.

Amit Khare, while speaking at a virtual conference organized by FICCI said, “And in the next academic session, we will be having one single Higher Education Commission of India.”

He also talked about the National Research Fund, which is mentioned in the National Education Policy, and how it will promote research across the country.