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Sibal accuses private players of stalling education bills

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 22:22

New Delhi: Perturbed over key bills related to reforms in higher education being stuck in Parliament for over two years, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday accused private players running educational institutes of stalling passage of these legislations which seek to raise quality.

The Minister said people running these institutes have got little to do with education but are there only to make monitory gains out of these facilities.

"We tried to introduce the Education Malpractices Bill, but the private sector is so beautifully entrenched in the system that they don`t allow it to be passed. It is stuck because the private sector is deeply involved in this and I am sorry to say this," Sibal said at a CII conclave here.

In this context, the Minister also referred to the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill and the Malpractice Bill that are stuck in Parliament.

"You should come to my office and see the people running institutions.... They have absolutely nothing to do with academics... Becauase the state government gives a no objection certificate, they use it and make money in management institutes," the Minister said.

He lamented that the Bills are stuck in Parliament for over two years while the Ministry took only one year to frame them, appealing the political class to come on board and build a consensus on these measures in the overall interest of the children.

"We must ensure the political class is onboard on these issues. The key is empowerment, consensus and public discourse," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 22:22

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