After the grand plan, some checks and balances. The Human Development Ministry (HRD) has identified what it has called educational malpractices — 25 of them — which will invite a fine of up to Rs 50 lakh and jail sentence of up to 10 years.
The provisions have been made in a new Bill that’ll cover all the institutes of higher education.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal approved the Prevention and Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical, Medical and Universities Bill, 2009, this week and sent it to the Law Ministry for vetting.
The Bill is likely to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.
For schools, provision of a complaint redressal has been made available in the Right to Education Bill, approved by the Cabinet on Thursday.
Senior government officials, who didn’t wish to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to the media, said the proposed law also aimed to check institutes luring students on promise of jobs with fat salary packets.
“All claims made in the prospectus will have to be fulfilled. Otherwise, it will amount to educational malpractice,” an official said.
Other malpractices listed are overcharging fee and inadequate facilities.
Demanding capitation fee will be an offence, punishable with a criminal case and initiation of proceedings of de-recognition against the institution.
A single-bench tribunal headed by a retired judge will be set up to look into complaints against institutes. The tribunal will have the power to compensate students in a case of educational malpractice. At present, there is no dedicated body to look into complaints of parents and students.