The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on 3 August 2014 set up a four member committee to review the present status of Universities Grants Commission’s (UGC). The committee will be headed by former UGC chairman Hari Gautam.
The other members of the committee will be CM Jariwala, former dean of law, Banaras Hindu University and Kapil Kapoor, former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. RP Sisodia, Joint Secretary (higher education) will be the member secretary of the committee. The committees have six months time to submit its report.
The committee will suggest ways to restructure and reorganise the panel to attain better performance in order to meet desired objectives.
The committee has been given 14 items for review, which includes evaluation of the performance of UGC in coordinating and determining standards of education in universities, conducting an audit of its regulatory reach and identifying strengths and weaknesses in this aspect.
About University Grants Commission (UGC)
UGC is the apex regulatory body for higher education in the country. The commission was formally set up by an Act of Parliament in 1956. It is the statutory body for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education in the country.
The higher education sector in India has emerged as one of the largest in the world in terms of number of institutions and the second largest by number of students with nearly 28 million students in 726 universities and about 38000 colleges.
When: 3 August 2014