Setback for Sibal, panel defers consideration of key bill

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday received a setback with the Parliamentary Standing Committee deferring consideration of a bill on checking malpractice in educational institutes till the passage of the Education Tribunal Bill.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 23:09 PM IST

New Delhi: HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday
received a setback with the Parliamentary Standing Committee
deferring consideration of a bill on checking malpractice in
educational institutes till the passage of the Education
Tribunal Bill.

The members of the standing committee took the view
that the consideration needed to be postponed till the fate of
the original bill was clear, committee sources said.
The Prohibition of Unfair Practises in Technical,
Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill was one
among the three key education reforms bills linked with the
Tribunal Bill.

In the absence of committee chairman Oscar Fernandes, N K
Singh of the JD(U) presided over today`s meeting at which
members insisted that the bill should not be considered as the
Government is not yet clear whether it has accepted its
recommendations for amendments in the Education Tribunal Bill.

Sibal had faced embarrassment on the last day of the
Monsoon session of Parliament as the Government was forced to
defer consideration of the Education Tribunal Bill after
senior Congress leader K Keshav Rao led the attack against the
Minister for hurrying up the key legislation.

Rao had taken objection to the HRD Ministry rejecting
the report of the standing committee which was a
"mini-Parliament". He had contended that the rejection of the
report and Parliament not being told about it was
"unacceptable."
The standing committees are not attended by the
Ministers and the Ministry secretary and other senior
officials assist the Parliamentarians in their task.

The Prohibition of Unfair Practises in Technical
Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and
University Bill proposes to take a stern view against
capitation fee, besides providing safeguards against failing
to keep promise of quality education by such institutions.

The penalty provisions could attract a fine of up to
Rs 50 lakh.

PTI