New Delhi: Perturbed over key bills related to reforms in higher education being stuck in Parliament for over two years, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday accused private players running educational institutes of stalling passage of these legislations which seek to raise quality.

The Minister said people running these institutes have got little to do with education but are there only to make monitory gains out of these facilities.

"We tried to introduce the Education Malpractices Bill, but the private sector is so beautifully entrenched in the system that they don't allow it to be passed. It is stuck because the private sector is deeply involved in this and I am sorry to say this," Sibal said at a CII conclave here.

In this context, the Minister also referred to the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill and the Malpractice Bill that are stuck in Parliament.

"You should come to my office and see the people running institutions.... They have absolutely nothing to do with academics... becauase the state government gives a no objection certificate, they use it and make money in management institutes," the Minister said.

He lamented that the Bills are stuck in Parliament for over two years while the Ministry took only one year to frame them, appealing the political class to come on board and build a consensus on these measures in the overall interest of the children.

"We must ensure the political class is onboard on these issues. The key is empowerment, consensus and public discourse," he said.

Sibal asserted that education and health sectors which must be above politics.

He said the Bills have already been deliberated in detail at the Parliamentary Standing Committee where members come from across political parties.

"They have cleared them (the Bills). 80 to 90 per cent of the recommendations have been accepted by the Standing Committee. But even if there are doubt please tell us, we will move foreward. Education and health are the two sectors which must be above politics," he said.

Drawing attention to the recent debate on the Right To Education    Act in the wake of the Supreme Court upholding its validity, Sibal rued the fact that there is lack of public discourse on the merits of the Act for public schools but a lot of debate about its impact on private institutions.

"What we see is a lack of sensible public discourse. It is the political class that will deliver. We don't see a debate by businessman, nor academicians talk about RTE, nor do the politicians join the debate. Where are we going to debate on these issues," he said.

Noting that the government would compensate the private schools to the tune of Rs 6000 to Rs 19000 (per student depending on the states) to provide free education to 25 per cent of the children from weaker sections of the society,

Sibal said schools are going to gain from this in monitory terms.

He said if the best of schools in places like Gwalior charge a tution fee of Rs 1200 per month or Rs 14000 per year, government's contribution will be gainful to them.