• The cabinet has approved a bill which provides for establishment of National Commission for Higher Education and Research, NCHER. It will take over regulators like University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

  • The Commission will have 70 member body, having representation from states and professional bodies to decide on policy issues. 

  • The draft bill NCHER, proposes to have an 11 member committee to execute the decisions of the council. It will provide mandate to the Commission to bring reforms in higher education for setting up quality institutions across the country. 

  • The objective of the Commission is to increase the gross enrollment ratio to 30 per cent by 2020 from 20 per cent in 2010.