Kolkata: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday regretted the delay in giving clearance to some
education bills in Parliament including the Educational
Malpractices Bill and Foreign Education Providers Bill, which
are pending before Parliament.
"We have introduced about 14 legislations in
Parliament. They are all pending .... for two years. Nobody
wishes to debate them, nobody wishes to put them on the
agenda," Sibal said.
"We (UPA) don`t have majority in the Rajya Sabha. So
if somebody says we will not allow the bills to come on the
agenda, what can we do"? he said.
The minister noted that by 2020, 100 million
additional heads would be part of the workforce from India
only. By 2030, one third of the world`s workforce would be
provided by India.
Sibal felt there was a need for structural and
administrative reforms and a collaborative approach for
development of the education sector.
Supporting the opening up of the sector to private and
foreign education providers, Sibal said the number of students
of higher education could go up to 47 million from 17 million