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