N-liability, Women’s Quota Bills to come up this week
The government will on Monday introduce in the Lok Sabha a bill to regulate the entry and operation of foreign institutions in India and offer degrees.
It is also expected to introduce the civil nuclear liability bill in the Lok Sabha next week.
The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010, that was cleared by the cabinet on March 15, has been pending since 2006 due to opposition by Left parties.
With its passage, foreign institutions will be able to offer degrees, diplomas and certificates either through tie-ups with Indian institutions or from their own campuses in this country and will be free to fix their own fee for the courses.
Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal will introduce three other reform bills in the Lok Sabha on Monday. These are the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010, the Educational Tribunals Bill, 2010, and the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill, 2010.
The government is unlikely to make any changes in the nuclear liability bill. While the Left is opposed to the bill, the BJP had warned that it would block its introduction unless the government redrafts it to adequately address the issue of liability in case of a nuclear mishap.
“Why should we redraft the bill now if it has to be sent to the standing committee for scrutiny and recommendations? We will consider this option only if the Opposition agrees to pass it without a reference to the standing committee,” said a Congress leader.
After defeating the Opposition’s cut motion, the government believes the non-UPA parties may not seek a division on the liability bill’s introduction.
The government has a full agenda for the last week of the budget session.
This includes a daylong debate in the Rajya Sabha on issues impinging on the ministry of external affairs, including the Madhuri Gupta spying case and the SAARC summit in Bhutan.
Demands are likely to be raised for a statement on the IPL and 2G spectrum controversies.