New Delhi: Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry will bring in six new Bills, including one to replace education regulators like the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) with a commission.
"Our Ministry has circulated the Draft Bill about an autonomous overarching authority for higher education. We would like to introduce it in the next Parliament session," Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said while addressing the media about his Ministry's achievement in last 100 days, reports IANS.
The proposed commission will replace institutions like the UGC and the AICTE, as recommended by the National Knowledge Commission.
Sibal said the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has already discussed the recommendation and the Ministry has already set up a task force for aiding and advising the government on setting up the proposed body, named National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER).
The Minister said that draft legislation and a concept note have been circulated among ministries about a law for mandatory assessment and accreditation in higher education through an independent regulatory authority.
A Bill to prevent, prohibit and punish educational malpractices is undergoing "legal vetting". The Ministry is also set to introduce legislation in the coming parliament session to allow foreign universities to open campuses in India.
The other two legislative initiatives are aimed at having a tribunal to deal with higher education disputes and amending the Copyright Act.
Talking about the policy initiatives, Sibal said the Ministry was formulating a "brain gain" policy to attract talent from across the world to the existing and new institutions for teaching. "Quality teachers are a national problem now," he said.
He also spoke about bringing in a central madrassa board where Muslim students can be given better teaching "without interfering with their theological teachings" to make them more competitive in the job market.
Sibal said his Ministry had promised to sanction 100 women's hostel within the first 100 days. "Now we have sanctioned 150 women hostels in higher educational institutions. We have sanctioned Rs 43 crore for this so far."
He also said that the Ministry was working on the National Curriculum Framework and Teachers Education.