Punjab passes private universities bill amid stiff opposition
Chandigarh: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed the Rayat-Bahra University Bill 2014 and GNA University Bill amid stiff opposition from Congress and serious reservations by the MLAs of ruling SAD-BJP combine.
The bills were presented today on the concluding day of the budget session in Punjab Vidhan Sabha by Punjab Higher Education Minister Surjeet Singh Rakhra but was vehemently opposed by the opposition benches.
Treasury benches also faced opposition on the issue of setting up of private educational universities from some of its own MLAs, who said education should not be turned into a profitable venture and demanded setting up of a regulatory commission to protect the interest of the students.
Congress MLA Kuljeet Singh Nagra said private universities in the state have become commercial activities.
"There is no control over the private universities` fee structure, funds and no admission criteria," he said, adding the state government should have access to the financial information about the trust which sets up private universities.
Opposing setting up of private universities, BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia demanded that commercialisation of education should be stopped, saying everybody now seems after setting up of private universities in the state.
Kalia demanded that a regulatory authority should be formed in order to monitor the activities of private universities in the state.
Kalia alleged that foreign students including from Nigeria get admission in private universities and then drive other students to drugs.
Speaking on the issue, Congress MLA Ajit Inder Singh Mofar also backed setting up of a regulatory commission to keep a check on private universities.
Akali MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu said, "Private universities should set up standards of education and there needs to be a check on their fee structure. A high powered committee should be formed to monitor these universities."
Supporting private universities, Punjab Industries Minister Madan Mohan Mittal thanked the people who set up private universities and create educational infrastructure in the state.
Amid exchange of heated words with the opposition members, Mittal noted that the state government did not have sufficient funds for spending on education.
"It (Private Universities) is a big revolution in the state," he said.
Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema reminded the opposition members that Rayat Bahra was already running three educational institutions in the state.
However, both the Bills were passed by the assembly.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- When Subramanian Swamy shocked people at a wedding!
- PM Modi speaks at Golden Jubilee celebrations of poet Dinkar’s works
- Mumbai: Diamond export company denies job to Muslim youth
- Vadodara: Policemen seen dancing with bar girls
- Coal scam: Naveen Jindal, Madhu Koda and others get bail
- One year of Modi govt: Arun Jaitley addresses press conference
- DNA: IAF Mirage 2000 fighter plane lands successfully on Yamuna expressway
- DNA: Osama documents show 'Indian brother in Madinah' financed al Qaeda
- Zee Media Exclusive: Kangana, Madhavan talk about their film 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'
- ISIS executes Syrian fighter using anti-tank rocket launcher
- Zee Media Exclusive interview with Congress leader Kamal Nath
- DNA: Harmful chemicals found in Maggi, Nestle India still in denial mode
- Woman robbed at gunpoint inside Hyderabad ATM
- Columbia student takes rape-protest mattress to graduation
- CM Kejriwal shortlists 39 'unwanted' IAS officers in Delhi
- Mumbai firm booked for denying Muslim MBA graduate job on religious grounds, probe ordered
- Jayalalithaa makes public appearance, meets Governor: As it happened
- New IPL rules could see Chennai Super Kings lose MS Dhoni
- `Piku` hits jackpot, does Rs 100 crore business worldwide
- Geelani's passport application incomplete, cannot be processed: MEA
- Lalu Yadav invites Jitan Ram Manjhi for joint fight against BJP, JD(U) upset
- IPL 2015, Qualifier 2: CSK vs RCB - As it happened...
- CBSE Class 10 Results 2015 may not be announced today
- India to soon have its own space shuttle!
- Kejriwal slams notification on LG's powers, says Modi running Delhi govt through back door
- WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Results 2015: West Bengal Board (wbbse.org & wbresults.nic.in) Class 10th Madhyamik Pariksha Results 2015 to be announced on May 22
- Don't know what will happen to my career, says Ranbir Kapoor
- Tanu Weds Manu Returns movie review: Brilliant execution, superb performance!
- Osama files show an "Indian brother in Madinah” financed al Qaeda
- Manohar Parrikar meets troops at Siachen base camp