Tough law in offing to check practice of capitation fee: Sibal

Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 11:29

New Delhi: If an educational institute
indulges in malpractices like failure to deliver on its
promises and charges capitation fee it will face the prospect
of closure, according to a tough law being prepared by the HRD
Ministry.

Seeking to bring an end to the illegal practice in
technical professional colleges, the ministry has prepared a
draft legislation which prescribes cancellation of
registration of an institute for charging capitation fee.

"Capitation fee will be covered under the legislation
prepared by the ministry to curb educational malpractices.
Institutions will be under the pain of loosing their
recognition if they resort to such malpractices," HRD Minister
Kapil Sibal said.

The anti-malpractice law is being prepared in view of
large number complaints against institutes indulging in
malpractices like not providing the kind of education and
other facilities as promised in their prospectus.

A government-appointed committee recently said these
institutes have a free run as regulatory bodies have failed to
check the illegal practice, partly due to reluctance to sort
out the problem.

The committee on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher
Education, headed by Prof Yashpal, also said that private
professional institutes were charging up to Rs 40 lakh from a
student as capitation fee.

"If an institute promises something and delivers
something else, that will amount to malpractice and the
institute will face cancellation of recognition."

Sibal said the major reason for capitation fee is that
there is a mismatch between demand and supply in professional
education. The government is opening new institutes and
expanding education system to sort out the problem.

‘Foreign universities need to adhere to quota laws’

Adherence to Indian laws, including on reservation, will be one of the pre-requisite
conditions for foreign universities interested in setting-up
their campuses, said Sibal, who favoured
100 per cent ownership for these international institutes.

The ministry has already prepared a draft bill dealing
with the issue which it expects to put before the Cabinet
soon.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 11:29

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