With the government set to replace the existing regulatory bodies like UGC and AICTE by an overarching body, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has said the manpower in such institutions will be take care of.

“We have to take care of the manpower. We will move forward with the least pain possible,” Mr. Sibal told PTI here.

The government is set to bring a bill for creating National Commission for Higher Education and Research as an overarching body which will replace University Grants Commission, All India Council of Technical Education, Distance Education Council and National Council of Teachers’ Education.

The employees of these institutions are concerned as to what will happen to them after the NCHER is set up. The UGC Officers Association has threatened the authorities to resort to agitation if they are not informed about how they would be accommodated after UGC is subsumed into NCHER.

“For any transformation, there will be some pain,” Mr. Sibal said.

The HRD Ministry has set up a taskforce to suggest on transition from the present regulatory system to the proposed system under NCHER. The taskforce is expected to suggest what should be done to the employees of these organisations.

Asked whether some of them would be given voluntary retirement, Mr. Sibal said, “I don’t know. We will see when we devise the system.”

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