UGC-AICTE to adopt cluster approach for similar functions

NEW DELHI: For the first time, the two higher education regulators — University Grant Committee (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) — decided that a cluster approach could be followed, with officials from both regulators performing similar functions.
A meeting was convened on Wednesday of all bureau heads of AICTE and UGC. At the meeting, both regulators agreed to cooperate among themselves in areas such as research and innovation, e-governance, translation of books into regional languages ​​and exam reforms. The meeting was chaired by M Jagadesh Kumar, chairman, UGC is also the interim chairman of AICTE.
During the meeting, Kumar pointed to the need for unified operation, a non-different regulatory framework and standardized processes. He stressed that both higher education supervisors should work in sync, learn from each other, share and adopt each other’s best practices and have a coordinated approach to different aspects of higher education.
According to a statement, after detailed deliberations, it was found that both UGC and AICTE should have a symbiotic relationship and work among themselves on such matters as faculty development program, student and faculty induction program, skills development, internships, internationalization, pursuing two degrees simultaneously in physical/online/hybrid mode and the Indian system of knowledge and universal human values, among others.

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