UGC recast to free up higher education put on fast track

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The rigid and heavily criticised regulatory regime of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the apex higher education regulator, is set to undergo a major overhaul.

The Prakash Javadekar-led ministry of human resource development has finalised the first roadmap to bring in a new system that is less prescriptive and encourages minimal regulation.

Plans are on to repeal obsolete UGC regulations, categorise institutes by performance, reward outstanding ones by converting them into universities and penalise laggards and defaulters with closures and stoppage of grants. Following the budgetary announcement on restructuring of UGC and freeing up of higher education, the government is putting together a fast-track plan to implement it without any long-drawn legislative changes.

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