University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Chairman Prof Ved Prakash asserted that the NDA Government shall establish a new panel ‘National Education Commission’, to revise the higher education curriculum across the country.
On the occasion of the inauguration of the academic session of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), in Lucknow, Prof Prakash stated that the current higher education system is based on the recommendations of the first and last education commission that was formed in the year 1964.
Adding to this, he mentioned that since the UGC is more of a regulating body which is overburdened with the responsibilities, the Commission has outsourced the National Eligibility Test (NET) to the CBSE. However, they will provide the expertise while the CBSE will only conduct the exam.
As per Prof Ved Prakash, due to the massive expansion of higher education institutions there is shortage of faculty in the universities and colleges. Thus, the UGC is striving and making requisite efforts to combat the crisis. He even said that universities should start up specific courses related to pedagogy for masters’ level. “Though no state has come forward so far, we are waiting for the proposals. We will provide the tools and academic support,” said Prof Prakash, adding that multiple grading agencies, apart from NAAC, are needed to grade 673 universities and over 37,000 colleges spread across India.