With Left parties parting ways, the government is likely to push a bill allowing foreign educational institutions to set up shops in India, a proposal that had been held up due to resistance from the red outfits.
"The hindrances are no more. We will see. If time is available, we will bring the Foreign University Entry and Operation (Maintenance of Quality and Prevention of Commercialisation) bill," HRD Minister Arjun Singh told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday at the end of the two-day meeting of the state education ministers.
Singh said the Bill has incorporated the objections raised by Left parties to allowing foreign institutions to come and open campuses in India.
Asked whether any ally of the UPA government, including Samajwadi Party which had opposed the Bill in the past, would create problems in passing it, Sing said the role of all parties are important on this issue.
"We will certainly take into consideration if any issue is raised by any of the allies," he said.
The Bill has been hanging fire for the past two years in view of opposition from Left parties and other quarters over entry of foreign entities in higher education. In fact, the Bill is pending before the union cabinet.
Singh also expressed concern over the running of fake institutes in the country and said states have assured him that stringent action would be taken against them.
"The government will make the penal provision stiffer against fake institutes," he said.