Faced with students’ anger at private coaching institutes, the Bihar government is thinking of introducing eligibility criteria that apply at the central level for such organisations.
Students are angry at the poor quality of teaching and infrastructure and their agitation against the institutes spread from Patna to six other districts of the state on Thursday, two days after a student was killed in clashes with the police in the state capital.
“The eligibility criteria (to be patterned on those of the Central Board of Secondary Education) will find (mention) in the new Bill the government will introduce during the budget session of the assembly (to regulate private coaching centres),” said state Human Resources Development Minister Hari Narayan Singh on Wednesday.
The Bill will specify the infrastructure that an institute must have in order to be registered. The criteria will be the quality of its premises and the number of students it enrols, according to Singh.
He said the draft of the law would be finalised after consulting all stakeholders, including the promoters of the coaching institutes and the students who were enrolled there.
“Coaching centres will have to submit themselves to state regulation. The government’s role will not end with issuing a no-objection certificate,” Singh said.
He said the proposed legislation would also address the issue of fees that coaching institutes could charge.
“We have to examine how this can be done,” Singh said.
Singh said private coaching centres were unregulated at present. There were road blockade, arson, stone-throwing and clashes in Chhapra, Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Nalanda, Bhojpur and Darbhanga districts — all in central and north Bihar.
However, life in Patna is limping back to normal.