SC slams private colleges’ fraudulent tactics

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 19:14

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday
slammed mushrooming private colleges imparting teachers
education, most of which it said were raking in huge money by
even selling certificates to students.

"It is not education but pure commercial activities.
It is unfortunate that there are students who do not even know
where the college is located. Yet, they get certificates
making them teachers," a three-judge bench of Justices B N
Aggrawal, G S Singhvi and H L Dattu said.

The bench made the remarks while dismissing the appeal
of private colleges offering Diploma in Education (DEd) in
Bhopal which had sought a direction to Madhya Pradesh
government to grant it recognition and affiliation.

The college`s counsel Siddarth Gupta had pleaded for
recognition and affiliation to its 2007 batch of students
after the state government declined to grant the same as they
reportedly lacked basic infrastructure and norms fixed for
them.

The apex court said the colleges cannot seek
recognition and affiliation if they do not fulfill the basic
criteria like infrastructural facilities.

"We can say there are colleges which sell certificates
particularly in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The student`s
don`t even know where the colleges are located. These are the
future teachers for whom certificates are forged and
institutions are forged," the bench remarked when the counsel
tried to press with his arguments.

About 56 colleges imparting diploma in education
(DEd) in Madhya Pradesh are now fighting their cases in the
Supreme Court for recognition and affiliation after the state
government refused to entertain their plea.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court dismissed the plea of
the aggrieved colleges, following which they have moved the
apex court.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 19:14

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