UGC have failed to deliver, it's waste of good money and manpower: HRD panel

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 April 2015, 10:29 AM

A panel of HRD minister set by Smriti Irani on Wednesday raised controversy after suggesting that University Grants Commission has failed to fulfill its mandate and therefore must be scrapped.

The panel has also suggested that any process of reshaping and restructuring the UGC headed by former chairperson Hari Gautam will be a futile exercise.

The panel now plans to amend the UGC Act and recommends setting up of National Higher Education Authority through an act of Parliament.

The panel has also prepared a draft of the bill. The suggestions include opting for a national research aptitude test for admission to Ph.D. It also plans to do away with 10 years as professor criteria to become vice-chancellors.

As hailed by Prime Mnister Narendra Modi, panel also suggests adoption of Yoga and transcendental meditation as part of teachers exercise.

According to the report, "working structure of UGC is so ad-hoc that many do not know how many bureaus represent various disciplines and activities are currently existing."

The report also said that UGC have failed to deliver and are a waste of "good money and manpower."