After recommending major changes to the medical education system and calling for a new regulator to replace the Medical Council of India, the Niti Aayog is now busy reworking the regulatory structure for the education sector.
It is learnt that the Aayog has already started taking the first baby steps towards restructuring the regulatory structure for higher education and has initiated the first discussions on the move.
It is said to be working on a single uniform template for all regulators across sectors as it may be necessary to deal with specific issues related to education regulators.
It is said the Prime Minister’s Office has also raised this issue and is said to be keen on streamlining regulatory structure in the education sector. The PMO has asked the HRD ministry to finalise recommendations to improve the regulatory framework at UGC and AICTE and has also asked the Niti Aayog to look into this.
There has been a concern for a long time now about the multiplicity of regulators in the area of higher education from the University Grants Commission to All India Council for Technical Education, Bar Council of India, Council of Architecture.
A number of committees and reports have recommended repeatedly that a single regulator in higher education would be able to ensure better benchmarking and quality control