New Delhi: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday attacked the Opposition for stalling key legislations on higher education in Parliament, saying it is resulting in "paralysis" of decision making process.

"In the event the opposition parties continue to stall these very significant legislations, I do believe they are harming the future of India and people. The paralysis does not lie in government decision making, the paralysis lies in Parliament where those decisions are not allowed to fructify through legislations," he said.

Addressing a round table on government-industry partnership on setting up of theme based innovation centres, he regretted that opposition parties were not allowing discussion on these bills despite being clearance from Parliament standing committee which comprises members from various parties.

"We have taken all the decisions (about the Bills) in the first one year, the rest is for all to see. All legislations were presented in the first year and it took two- and-half-year to go to the standing committee stage. Now when they come to Parliament after endorsement of the standing committee, we are not allowed to be voted upon and not allowed to be discussed," he said.

The HRD Minister especially referred to the Accreditation Bill and the Unfair Practices Bills whose passage would have paved the way for ensuring quality and transparency in higher educational institutes in matters of admission and charging of capitation fee.

The HRD Minister expressed surprise over the industry's lack of involvement in the 12,000-odd private technical institutes in the country.

He said most of these institutes have been set up by people who have got nothing to do with academics or industry.

"What was their objective? And the answer is these are business enterprises in education sector set up by non-academics and non-industry for the purpose of raking in money and delivering poor quality education," he said.

In this context, Sibal said it was imperative that the legislations pending in Parliament are passed soon to correct the anomaly.

Talking about gross enrolment ratio, the HRD Minister expressed hope that it would touch 30 percent by 2020. He said the Planning Commission, which had expressed doubt about achieving the target, has also accepted that the figure would reach 27 percent by 2017.

Sibal called upon the industry to partner with the government and AICTE for setting up of theme based innovation centres which would cater to problems in different sectors.

These institutes would be fully autonomous, independent focusing on research and innovation and grant of PhD degrees, he said.

One of the model suggested at the round table was for industry to spend 10 percent of their corporate social responsibility obligation towards the innovation centres.

According to a concept note, it would be imperative that each ministry facilitates setting up a theme based innovative institute in tie-up with industry partners either in public or private sector with HRD Ministry acting as a nodal agency.


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