New Delhi: A task force set up to prepare
the National Commission for Higher Education and Research
(NCHER) bill today made a presentation to Prime Minister
The presentation, said one of the members, was a
"logical conclusion" to a long-drawn process which began with
the preparation of the draft bill and its presentation to HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal couple of month back.
The task force members included Mrinal Miri, M
Anandakrishnan, Goverdhan Mehta and N R Madhava Menon.
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).
The move to bring in medical and legal education under
the ambit of the proposed body is facing stiff opposition.
The Ministry is believed to have prepared a Cabinet note
for its approval before tabling it in Parliament.