Tamil Nadu

State govt. to oppose draft HECI Act

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to oppose the draft Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018, proposed by the Centre. It would strongly argue for continuing with the existing system, in which the University Grants Commission (UGC) is the apex body for controlling higher education in the country.

The decision was taken at a meeting of government officials and senior Ministers, including Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbalagan and Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar, chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat on Friday.

The State government’s stand would be communicated to the Centre at the latest by Monday, sources said.

During the discussion, it was felt that the functioning of the UGC was satisfactory, and a change would bring in new challenges in higher education, a source said.

“As per the new proposal, some functions would remain with the UGC and aspects relating to funds would be vested with the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, which our government realises is unnecessary,” a Cabinet member said.

Educationists’ take

Inputs received from eminent educationists from across the State showed that they were also against the Higher Education Commission of India Act, and the Chief Minister was apprised of the same.

At the meeting, Higher Education Secretary Sunil Paliwal made a presentation on various aspects that would be split between different panels if the new proposal by the Centre came through.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar has urged educationists, other stakeholders and the general public to submit their comments and suggestions on the draft Bill by July 20.

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