University body to get more teeth

The University Grants Commission, or UGC, is set to be remodelled, and the three-member committee set up to recommend its restructuring has readied a blueprint of the changed structure giving the body more teeth, writes Brajesh Kumar for the Hindustan Times.

This is the second Nehru-era institution, after the Planning Commission, to be restructured by the National Democtratic Alliance government. The new apex regulatory body for higher education is likely to have permanent members and representation from the states, much like the National Institution for Transforming India Aayog, or NITI Aayog, along with the power to recommend punitive action for the setting up of fake universities.

The restructured body will also have a governing council with members from different educational councils like the All India Council for Technical Education, Medical Council of India and Indian Council of Agricultural Research. According to sources, all private universities will come under the purview of the new body, which could be called the Higher Education and Research Commission.
Full report on the Hindustan Times site