Four important education bills aimed at reforming higher education in the country were tabled in Parliament on Monday.
A bill to allow foreign educational institutions to open campus in India under a framework similar to existing universities was introduced in the Lok Sabha with Speaker Meira Kumar overruling Left’s
objections to it at the initial stage.
Basudeb Acharya of CPI(M) opposed the introduction of the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation and Entry and Operations) Bill 2010 on the ground that it would westernize the education system.
Human resource development Minister Kapil Sibal said rules did not allow a member to oppose a bill at the time of introduction. A member could oppose the bill at the time of passing.
The bill is expected to pave the way for entry of world-class institutions, thus providing greater opportunity for students in the country.
Sibal also tabled a bill to ban unfair practices in technical and medical educational institutions and universities.
As per the bill, charging of capitation fee or failure of institutions to keep promises of quality education could attract imprisonment up to three years for guilty administrators or
fine up to Rs 50 lakh for the institute.
The Educational Tribunal Bill provides for setting up of tribunals at central and state level to settle all types of disputes, including any type of malpractice or harassment.
Sibal also tabled the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill, 2010, which seeks to set up a body to assess and accredit every institution in higher education.