The dynamics of education was touted to undergo a change with the advent of New Education Policy which the Human Resource Development Ministry has introduced by replacing the existing education policy – the National Policy of Education. A committee headed by T.S.R Subramanian, was entrusted with drawing a blueprint for the new educational policy. The recommendation that has been ensued is that the law that set up the higher education regulator ‘University Grants Commission’ be allowed to lapse. The committee has pinpointed the ineffectiveness of UGC stating that the Commission has failed to implement its regulations in ensuring the quality of higher education in the country over the years.
An altered UGC with a better administration has been proposed sans the necessity of marketing and controlling function. The committee has also divulged that the UGC has failed in overseeing the disbursal of grants to various institutions and monitoring several irregularities that have been reported in the grants. Concerns have been raised related to the quality of education provided by the colleges and universities. The committee says that it is the responsibility of UGC to control the standards of education in higher education institutions as lackadaisical approach by UGC in giving approvals to random colleges and universities is affecting the trustworthiness of the Commission.
The reason cited by the committee for such ineffectiveness is the dearth of suitable staff with essential quality in the ministry. When a new act is enacted, the committee suggests the old UGC act to be stopped with.
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The question related to whether greater autonomy is to be vested to top-rated educational institutions or not, has been discussed as well. The affirmation by the T.S.R Subramanian committee has also included the freedom to fix salaries of their staff in the autonomy factor as prior this; the bureaucrats were controlling the pay structure of these institutions. Performance-based institutions would be entrusted with the financial autonomy and these institutions will be ranked based on an objective examination and awarded grades from A at the highest to G at the lowest level. Notices for foreclosure would be served to the ones falling in the latter category and a warning to those who are just above it to improve their position.
As the country needs a proactive approach for improving its educational system, it is to be seen that these institutions act sincerely and with responsibility. An educational friendly environment can only be achieved if substantially a regulatory environment is put in place.