‘VCI will lose its importance under new education policy’: IVA seeks intervention

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‘VCI will lose its importance under new education policy’: IVA seeks intervention

‘VCI ,IVA seeks intervention

The Indian Veterinary Association (IVA) has expressed concern over the new education policy, which according to the association will curtail the role of Veterinary Council of India (VCI) authority. In a letter to the PMO, Chirantan Kadian, president of the association has stated that as per the new education policy, VCI will be deprived of its role as a regulatory body of veterinary education after implementation of the said policy.

The Apex Regulatory Body, Veterinary Council of India (VCI) goes for polls from August 20-22, and Kadian and his team are contesting the polls, which will for the first time have online voting.

In his communication, Kadian has stated, “According to what we understood after reading the New Education Policy 2020, VCI’s power to regulate Veterinary Education will end after the implementation of the new education policy. Professional councils like VCI will become more of an academic standard drafting body which would be known as Professional Standard Setting Bodies (PSSB) in the new policy.”

He added, “These institutes will create academic standards for courses in their domain, but they will not have regulatory powers. If we dwell in more depth, it seems that the academic standards created by the VCI will serve as a reference according to which the Veterinary College and University will be able to create their own syllabus. That is, in the new education policy, there is a possibility of more autonomy for the college and university.”

‘VCI will lose its importance under new education policy’: IVA seeks intervention

Kadian said, currently, VCI has two major mandates, the first regulation of minimum standards of veterinary education and the second regulation of minimum standards of veterinary practice. He added that now regulation of minimum standards of veterinary education will be taken over from the jurisdiction of the VCI to the single point regulator which is the National Higher Education Regulatory Council which will be set up under Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) and in such a situation the VCI will lose its importance.

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