This year will see major structural reforms in the education sector, notably the merger of regulators that led to the establishment of the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), said AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe.
According to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, HECI will be a single umbrella organization for higher education.
“All regulatory agencies, including the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), will be merged into HECI. This will take effect this year, ”Sahasrabudhe said.
Speaking at the one-day national conference on “Key Features of the Manual Approval Process (20212022) for the Reestablishment of Technical Education and NEP Implementation,” he said the NEP had several features that would benefit students, faculties and institutions.
“Create a window full of possibilities. For example, the top 100 institutions in the national ranking can join forces with foreign institutions that are among the top 500 in the world ranking for collaboration and academic and research associations, ”he said.
Sahasrabudhe blamed some media for the “confusion” that mathematics, physics and chemistry are not required for admission to engineering and technology, saying, “This is absolutely fundamental.”
You can’t get an engineering degree without it, he says.
In an effort to provide more flexibility in admissions, students from other fields can attend engineering schools but must take a course in physics, mathematics or subjects they did not study in high school, he added.
“You have to take these bridging courses to get engineering degrees,” he said, speaking to reporters later.