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The ARC, headed by veteran Congress leader Veerappa Moily, has said that the work of the regulatory bodies should remain confined to issues concerning registration, skill up-gradation and management of professional standards and ethics. Professional education, on the other hand, should be handed over to these specially created agencies / councils.According to Moily, the specially created agencies setup for each of the major disciplines can be called the National Standards and Quality Council for medicine or management, as the case may be.

The new councils, according to Moily, should be formed by an Act of the Parliament and would be responsible for laying down parameters on issues concerning growth and development of their streams. Releasing the report, Moily said the special councils should have full autonomy with a majority of independent members and just two or three members from the Government. The Panel also favoured greater power for varsities and higher education institutions in terms of setting up and running institutions, appointment of vice-chancellors etc.

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