The Bihar government said it was determined to regulate private coaching institutes and initiate action against all such centres that violated the registration norms.
Education minister Ashok Choudhary, while replying to a starred question by Congress’ Dilip Kumar Chaudhary in the legislative council on Friday, admitted mushrooming growth of private coaching institutes in state capital Patna and said they were asked to register by March 31.
The Congress member contended that Patna had emerged as a preferred education hub in the eastern region after Kota, leading to abnormal fee being charged by coaching centres from students. He sought to know if the government wanted to check this by ensuring their registration and regulating the fee structure.
The minister said government had formulated a law to regulate regulation of private coaching institutes in 2010. “Till date, 978 institutes have applied for registration. Out of this, 233 have already been registered,” he said, while admitting that this was way below the actual number of institutions.
Reiterating government’s resolve to regulate the sector in larger interest of students, Choudhary said an estimated 2,000-2,500 big and small private coaching institutes were operating in the state capital alone.
“We have sought a report on private coaching institutes from all district magistrates. After the deadline for registration expires, we will crack down on illegal coaching institutes from April,” he said.
“We will not only regulate their functioning but also initiate action against institutions on receipt of complaints of arbitrary fee being charged,” he added.