Two regulators of higher education namely University Grants Commission (UGC) for general education and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for technical education — decided adopt cluster approach. Under this approach clubbing, officers of both the regulators to deal with similar functions. The cluster approach aims to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies, and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response.
A meeting of all the bureau heads of AICTE and UGC was held on Wednesday, 21 st September 2022 at NewDelhi . The meeting was led by Prof M Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, University Grants Commission who is also the interim chairperson of AICTE. Both the regulators have agreed to work mutually in areas of research and innovation, e-governance, translation of books in regional languages and examination reforms, among others..
Mr.Kumar noted the need for unified functioning, undeviating regulatory framework and standardized processes The chief of UGC also emphasized that both regulators of the higher education must work in a synchronized manner, learn from each other, share and adopt best practices from each other. The regulators resolved to have a coordinated approach towards different aspects of higher education. It emerged that both UGC and AICTE have resolved to share a symbiotic relationship, interaction between 2 dissimilar bodies and mutually work on matters such as faculty development programme, students and faculty induction programme, skill development, internships, internationalisation, pursuing two degrees simultaneously in physical/ online/hybrid mode and Indian Knowledge System and universal human values, among others.