Niti Aayog to restructure higher education regulators

This follows the Aayog’s recent recommendations for the restructuring of the regulatory body for medical education in the country.

 
The Government of India’s policy think tank the Niti Aayog is reportedly looking into the restructuring of the regulatory bodies for higher education in India. This follows the recent recommendations made by the Niti Aayog that promise to radically alter the regulatory structure for medical education in the country.
 
Sources revealed that the Niti Aayog is preparing a structural template with the aim to incorporate a balance of transparency, autonomy and accountability in the makeup of the different education regulator in the country such as the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Council for Architecture.  The Aayog is also looking to improve the benchmarking of higher educational institutions and to streamline the structure.
 
Earlier the Prime Minister’ Office too had voiced concerns over the abject state of affairs of the education regulators. This followed sever criticism of the UGC and the AICTE with allegations ranging from a lack of transparency to corruption. The PMO had subsequently asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Niti Aayog to suggest remedial measures.
 
Concerns have also been raised from multiple quarters over the large number of education regulators in the country with some suggesting the establishment of a single regulatory body for higher education.
 

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