A Proposal To Reform The University Grants Commission

Reports by Public Law · November 21, 2018
Author(s): Akriti Gaur and Arghya Sengupta

This Vision Document examines the institutional challenges faced by the University Grants Commission (“UGC”) in regulating higher educational institutions in India. The purpose of the Vision Document is to consider how a new regulator that could replace the UGC should be structured. Further, this document also outlines appropriate regulatory tools that would equip such regulators to effectively administer universities in India. In making these suggestions, this document also analyses regulatory theory, and draws from the vast literature on higher education administration to propose a roadmap for reform.

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About Akriti Gaur:

Akriti is a Senior Research Fellow in the Public Law vertical. She graduated with a Bachelor in Policy Science LL.B (Hons.) from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2015. Prior to joining Vidhi, she interned at the Planning Commission of India where she assisted the High Level Committee on Infrastructure Finance; the National Human Rights Commission and Chambers of Mr. Soli J. Sorabjee. She has also led student policy research groups in making recommendations to the Parliamentary Standing Committee and concerned ministries on Insurance laws and the Road Transport and Safety law. Her main areas of research at law school were in the field of corporate law, food law, arbitration and constitutional law. Link to full bio

About Arghya Sengupta:

Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. He is an alumnus of National Law School of India University Bangalore and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. While, at Oxford, he completed his D.Phil. on Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary and was a Lecturer in Administrative Law. His areas of specialisation are constitutional and administrative law. He has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights and federalism and writes regularly for The Hindu, The Times of India and the Economic and Political Weekly. Link to full bio