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Campus connect: Private educators in Pune with government regulation draft

The revised draft of the proposed bill, Maharashtra Private Tuition (Regulation) Act, 2018 on one hand revoked the government committee’s control over the fees but imposed a number of other limitations. 

pune Updated: Jun 15, 2018 14:59 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Coaching classes have become an integral part of a strudent’s life and parents are forced to pay the fees demanded as there is no regulation in place, as yet. (SANKET WANKHADE/ HT PHOTO )

In a government draft aimed at regulating private tuition classes, a set of proposals were put forth. The draft sought to control a number of aspects like fees, intake, facilities etc which irked a majority of the coaching centres in the city which called the move ‘undemocratic’.

According to IIT Pratishthan Kendra's Durgesh Mangeshkar, the new draft despite a number of amendments is full of loopholes which can be exploited.“The truth is that we are teachers, guiding students to put that extra effort that can help them get the desired success in their career. We are rendering a service that has a larger social impact. Why are we being projected in a negative manner? Introducing another 1 per cent tax when we are already paying 18 per cent GST is wrong,” he said.

Therevised draft of the proposed bill, Maharashtra Private Tuition (Regulation) Act, 2018 on one hand revoked the government committee’s control over the fees but imposed a number of other limitations.

“Our services help the youth of the country. It is a human based enterprise and is equally important like other sectors. Antagonizing the profession repeatedly is not acceptable. It is unfair if we are not allowed to advertise our successes and facilities,” saidVNV Hanuman, centre head, FIITJEE.

One of the proposals in the draft says that the state government has the authority to reduce the fees is needed and also, that the centres can be graded every three years, based on the performance.

Stating that the high percentage of tax being levied on private education as unreasonable,Vaibhav Bakliwal, director of Bakliwal Tutorials said,“The kind of restrictions that are being tied around coaching classes for the past few years is very autocratic in nature. And, while we do not support the charging of exorbitant fees, but considering the quality of education we provide along with the facilities, it should be expected that the charges might often rise high to the level of school or college education, if not higher. For instance, here we manage to get the best IITians to teach the students and we pay them well. All that does not come at a cheaper cost.”

Another coaching centre owner, Vijay Kharche pointed out that the cap on advertising can affect both big and small centres alike. “If we are making an effort to get the best teachers and high-end facilities, why should we be stopped from advertising about it? Word of mouth is no more enough to actually compete in this sector,” said Kharche.

Another home tutor, requesting anonymity said,“Each institute or teacher is known for their style of teaching, expert advice and notes. And, that cannot be shared openly. This will not only compromise our position but also dilute the competition for small institutes like ours.” The proposal also stipulates a maximum of 5 pupils for a class in home tuitions, while most classes have more than 10 students at a time. For coaching centers, the cap is at 80 students per class, with special permission from the government for enrolling more students. Even after the permission, the cap is of 120 students per class.

Coaching centres have to set aside 5% seats for meritorious candidates from below poverty line (BPL) category and tutor them for free. Also, their licenses are required to berenewed every three years, and five years for home tuitions.

The draft if passed will be applicable to all coaching and private tuitions that teach students till Class 12 and for entrance exams like NEET and IIT.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 14:55 IST