New Delhi: In order to tighten noose around engineering, medical and technical institutes demanding competition fee and donations, the Central government has decided to introduce Higher Education Institute Law -2011 by making amendments in the ‘Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical and Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill-2010’.

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union cabinet had deliberation on ways to prohibit unlawful activity of charging competition fees and donations from students. In the absence of any kind of law that could prevent such activities, the cabinet approved to bring Higher Education Bill into existence.

It needs to be mentioned that Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical and Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill was tabled in the LS in 2010 which was further forwarded to the Human Resource Development Standing Committee.

According to the statement given by the government, the committee submitted its recommendations on the amendments in the bill on May 30, 2011.

If the sources are to be believed, the draft bill contains stern provisions of imposing Rs 1 crore fine on the institute if found guilty. Undoubtedly, if the bill is passed by the Parliament it will help students aspiring for higher medical and technical education.

JPN/Bureau