The Union HRD Minister today announced the New Education Policy for the country. It has been changed after a period of 34 years.
Many new strategies have been made for Higher education. Regulatory System of Higher Education to be distinct for regulation, accreditation, funding and academic standard setting will be all under the umbrella of Higher Education Commission of India.
In another reform, four major verticals of HECI to be National Higher Education Regulatory Council (HNERC), National Accreditation Council (NAC), Higher Education Grants Council (HEGC) and General Education Council (GEC) which would further form a National Higher Education Qualification Framework.
UGC, AICTE to be replaced by a single Higher Education Regulator in the NEP,2020.
The professional councils, such as the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), Veterinary Council of India (VCI), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Council of Architecture (CoA), National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) etc., will act as Professional Standard Setting Bodies (PSSBs).
Students pursuing 4 year degree programme would have an option of getting a degree with Research if the research process is completed in the area of study as specified.
Primary task or NRF would be to fund competitive, peer reviewed grant proposals of all types and across all disciplines and also act as a liasion between researchers and relevant branches of government so as to allow breakthroughs.
Major reforms suggested in the higher education to give more flexibility to the students.