If an educational institute indulges in malpractices like failure to deliver on its promises and charges capitation fee it will face the prospect of closure, according to a tough law being prepared by the HRD Ministry.
Seeking to bring an end to the illegal practice in technical professional colleges, the ministry has prepared a draft legislation which prescribes cancellation of registration of an institute for charging capitation fee.
"Capitation fee will be covered under the legislation prepared by the ministry to curb educational malpractices. Institutions will be under the pain of loosing their recognition if they resort to such malpractices," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal told PTI.
The anti-malpractice law is being prepared in view of large number complaints against institutes indulging in malpractices like not providing the kind of education and other facilities as promised in their prospectus.
A government-appointed committee recently said these institutes have a free run as regulatory bodies have failed to check the illegal practice, partly due to reluctance to sort out the problem.
The committee on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education, headed by Prof Yashpal, also said that private professional institutes were charging up to Rs 40 lakh from a student as capitation fee.