Higher education regulations still anchored to outdated norms

The draft National Education Policy (NEP) advises reforms, but these aren’t bold enough. And some recommendations steer higher education regulation into dangerous terrain. Modi 1.0 wasted the opportunity to reform higher education regulation in the country. To be sure, it did introduce the Higher Education Commission (HECI) Bill in June last year, which talked of ending the failed University Grants Commission (UGC)/All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) system and replace it with the HECI. But, it did precious little after. The draft National Education Policy (NEP) that has recently…

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