National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER)
The National Knowledge Commission had recommended the establishment of an Independent Regulatory Authority for Higher Education (IRAHE) to regulate all fields of knowledge in higher education. The Yash Pal Committee had recommended the establishment of a National Commission for Higher Education and Research to subsume the existing bodies, namely, the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE), Distance Education Council (DEC) and the academic functions of the professional councils concerned with higher education. A Task Force has been constituted by the Government to aid and assist it in the establishment of a National Commission for Higher Education and Research.
The Task Force has formulated a draft legislation for the establishment of the NCHER titled the “National Commission for Higher Education and Research Bill, 2010” which has been placed in the public domain for wider consultation and obtaining feedback from stakeholders. The Task Force has interacted with the heads/representatives of the existing Regulatory Bodies in higher education on 13th February, 2010 on the provisions, of the draft legislation.
Consultations with academia, educational administrators, Vice Chancellors and representatives of State Governments have been held on various locations in the country namely, Bangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Pune, Guwahati, Kolkata, Ranchi, New Delhi and Chandigarh for suggestions on the draft proposal.
Based on the suggestions and the comments received during the interaction/consultation, the Task Force would submit its final proposal to the Government on the establishment of NCHER.