HEERA – a New Era in Education
The Narendra Modi led NDA government is now planning for a huge transformation in the education sector. The government is all set to scrap UGC and AICTE and bring a new higher education regulator called HEERA. In present time the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) are governing bodies for technical and non-technical education. The Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) will replace them setting up the single agency.
In earlier March the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a conference on education after which this decision was taken. Many times this idea was advocated by experts, but this was never implemented. Currently, a dedicated committee has been set up which is framing the blueprint of the HEERA legislation.
This proposal of new education system legislation (HEERA ) was taken after a meeting on education headed by the Prime Minister in early March. The new legislation will be short and clean and it will focus on outcomes by setting minimum standards.
The human resource development (HRD) ministry and the Niti Aayog are working to frame the blueprint of the new law. A committee has been formed having the Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and higher education secretary KK Sharma as members.
Objective of HEERA
- The objective of the HEERA is to eliminate all overlaps in the jurisdiction and to remove the regulatory provisions which may be no longer be relevant
- The single regulator will bring in greater synergy among institutions and would also facilitate in framing better curricula.
- The new legislation would capacitate to take strong action and this would end the harassment that the UGC regime has been accused of.
The framing of the new legislation is in the process and would take some time in implementation.