Bhopal: Coming down heavily on the Private Universities Bill introduced in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, the Congress legislators led by Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh staged a walkout against the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government here on Wednesday.

The amendment bill was tabled by Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma in the Assembly on Wednesday in the wake of opening private universities in the the state particularly in Satna and Sagar districts.

Terming the introduction of bill against the rules and decorum of the Assembly, the Congress members said “The government had issued a letter about the bill which was against the rules. Until this letter was placed on the table of the House, the universities bill cannot be discussed.”

Expressing serious concerns over the opening of private universities on a casual basis in the state, Deputy Leader of Congress, Chaudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi alleged that the government is concentrating upon opening private varsities irrespective of noticing the serious threat they are posing on the quality of education.

“Opening educational institutions is not a joke. Education is a serious and important sector. Quality of education must be the foremost concern for the government rather than opening institutions on such a regular basis”, he said.

He further said that it is mere tactics of the businessmen or the richer class to convert their blackmoney into white by investing in education sectors.

“It is really depressing that the government is adopting a lackadaisical approach in the entire episode,” he alleged.
Chaturvedi suggested that the government must focus on establishing relation with the foreign varsities and improve the quality of education imparted in the state.

Hitting back to the Opposition members, Bhartiya Janata Party MLA Girja Shanker Sharma said that the public-private partnership is highly required to improvise the status of education in present scenario. “The IIT-Mumbai is the only Indian institution that appears in the list of 200 top education universities in the world. To book our notable presence in the education sector in the world, we need to join hands with the private sector.” 

JPN/Bureau