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Yashpal committee: New apex body for Higher Education

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The creation of a National Commission for Higher Education and Research that will subsume as many as 13 existing professional councils and regulatory agencies, including the University Grants Commission, the Medical Council of India and the AICTE, is a key recommendation of a committee headed by well-known educationist Yashpal. The 43-page final report by the 'committee to advise on renovation and rejuvenation of higher education in India,' will be handed over to the Ministry of Human Resource Development MHRD after its formal adoption.

The concept of the Higher Education Council, proposed in its interim draft released in March, was expanded to bring research bodies and laboratories into its ambit, and a draft legislation for constitutional amendment was included. The proposed autonomous statutory body will comprise six members and a chairman appointed by the President. State Higher Education Councils, along the lines of those existing in West Bengal, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, will form the second tier of the system.

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