New Delhi: The establishment of National
Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) will
bring in "recognisable" difference to the Indian education
system, Planning Commission member Narendra Jadhav said on Wednesday.
He said several other key higher education reforms which
are expected to be passed in the next two years will also
bring in a "metamorphic change" in the entire education
A task force set up to prepare the NCHER bill had last
month made a presentation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
According to the proposed legislation, the NCHER will
be the apex institution in higher education and will replace
the existing regulatory bodies like University Grants
Commission, All India Council for Education and Research
(AICTE) and Distance Education Council (DEC).
Speaking at the `national research conference`
organised by All Indian Management Association, Jadhav said
all these initiative hold importance in the light of fact that
the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in the country at present is
12.5 per cent as against the world average of 24 per cent.
To further strengthen the education system, he suggested
increased faculty exchange programmes with foreign
institutions and imparting programme at each other`s campuses.