Published On: Thu, Nov 17th, 2011

Govt. to safeguard Higher Education students with legislation

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Education Unfair Practices

Students protesting against capitation fees

Taking note of the continuing malpractices in the higher education which unfairly affect students the Govt. of India is strengthening the legislation to prevent the same.  To prevent educational institutions from demanding capitation fee for admission, the government wants to double the proposed penalty in the bill to Rs. 1 crore from the original Rs. 50 Lakhs.

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved 41 amendments to the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010, as per the 48 recommendations made by the Parliament Standing Committee on Human Resource Development earlier this year.

The name of the Bill has also been changed to Higher Educational Institutions Bill, 2011 to reflect its increased scope. The proposed legislation aims to provide an institutional mechanism for preventing, prohibiting and punishing unfair practices in technical and medical educational institutions and universities. It will bring all higher educational institutions except agriculture education and research, which is a state subject, under its purview.

“The object is to curtail the element of profiteering in some institutions, which are at present beyond the scope of any existing regulation,” said a statement from the Human Resource Development Ministry. It expressed the hope that the Bill would protect students from harassment and extortion.

The Bill was first introduced in the Lok Sabha in March 2010.

Another amendment to the bill which will bring relief to students is a grievance redress mechanism to safeguard them from unfair practices.

The Bill to ensure better quality teaching, explicitly prohibits educational institutions from hiring unqualified teachers. Additionally failure to deliver any promises made in their glossy prospectuses by institutes will also be considered an offence under the new version of the Bill. The institutions are also expected to mandatorily disclose information related to admission process through its prospectus.

The revised bill also has an evolutionary scope with a provision to include any new type of unfair practice that emerges even after the law has been passed, apart from the specific instances named in the Bill to address any newer malpractice that may emerge in future.