India to set up 20 world-class institutes

The HRD Ministry opines that granting freedom to world-class institutes from regulating councils will require many changes in the amendments of 15 different council Acts.

In proposal to promote international quality education, the HRD ministry has embarked to a project that would set up 20 world-class institutions (WCI). The decision comes after prime minister’s office (PMO) suggestion. It is approved that the NITI Aayog had also urged the HRD Ministry for the same and for the freedom of world-class institution from regulating councils.

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Subsequently the meeting which was conducted between PMO, HRD Ministry and NITI Aayog the Higher Education Secretary V S Oberoi pointed out that giving away freedom to selected few institutes may appear unfair to other centrally funded institutes.

NITI Aayog recommendation:

The NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had written to the PMO influence for changes in the draft UGC regulations. The planned regulation known as UGC (Declaration of Educational Institutions as World Class Institutions) Guidelines intends to found 20 world-class institutes for both private and public institutes.

According to Amitabh Kant letter’s to PMO, the NITI Aayog vouched that the world-class institutions must enjoy autonomy and shall not be regulated under professional councils such as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Medical Council of India, and Architecture Council of India.

It also stressed that the facility pay and promotions of the faculties in selected few world-class institutes would be within the realm of the world-class institutes.

The Prime Minister Office needs to grant autonomy to world-class institutes from the regulating councils such as UGC, AICTE, MCI and many more. However, the HRD Ministry opines that granting freedom to world-class institutes from regulating councils would require several changes in the amendments of 15 different councils Acts.

The fight between HRD Ministry and PMO over granting freedom to world-class institutes from professional regulating councils has reached earlier the verdant observation of Solicitor General of India.

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