New Delhi: The unending tussle between the Centre and the opposition in the Parliament has taken a toll on the higher education in the country. Among the dozen setbacks of the halted house proceedings in the winter session, the major agenda of the government to introduce reforms in the education sector failed to see the light of the day.

While the bill for prevention of money laundering in admission process and other offenses in technical education institutes, medical colleges and universities has been left untouched in the House, the Educational Tribunal Bill to look into disputes related to teachers and educational institutes also failed to convert into reality.

Also, the legislation related to the setting up of National Regulatory Authority for compulsory recognition of all institutes of higher education, Bill related to arrival and operating of foreign educational institutes and Bill to set up National Academic Depository (online) for prevention of fake marksheets and educational certificates are eating dust in the Parliament since a year.

Similarly, the Parliament is also sitting over the National Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill for the inclusion of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) under its ambit leading to delay in issuing degrees to the passing out students.

In addition, the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Bill, Architect Amendment Bill, Right to Education Bill and National Council for Teacher Education Amendment Bill in Parliament are also pending in the House.

It is to be noted, the Educational Tribunal Bill, National Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill and the National Council for Teacher Education Amendment Bill have already been passed by the Lok Sabha and are awaiting its passage in the Rajya Sabha. However, of its four new legislations in the agenda, the government was able to introduce only the National Higher Education Research Commission Bill in the Parliament. 

Moreover, introducing the Copyright Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha after the recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee proved to be a tough task for the government.

JPN/Bureau