HEERA Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency
Single authority in higher education regulation, the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry has proposed a new body, HEERA. Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) will replace University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) soon, if implemented as per the proposal. With an aim of removing overlaps in jurisdiction, HEERA is also proposed to curb irrelevant regulatory provisions. With UGC and AICTE are gone, HEERA will regulate technical and non-technical institutions.
The detailed blueprint of HEERA and its legislation is still being worked. "Both Niti Aayog and HRD Ministry officials are working on the plan. It was felt that multiple regulatory bodies led to excessive and restrictive regulation and hence contributed to lack of institutional autonomy,"