Show us a bogus institute,and we will act against it, said Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of a function in the city,Tope said the government is ready with an ordinance that enables crackdown against bogus institute. The government has passed an ordinance to curb such institutes. Even though this ordinance is yet to be passed as Bill by the state legislature,it can be used against institutes which are unauthorised and duping students, he said.
The ordinance titled Maharashtra Unauthorised Educational Institutions and Unauthorised Courses Prohibition Ordinance stipulates a fine between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh and even a jail term up to one year for running any unauthorised educational institution or course.
Any complaints regarding unauthorised institutions or courses can be raised with the government officials of the level of joint director and deputy director of education,designated as the competent authority to hear these matters.
Senior bureaucrats of the level of joint secretary and deputy secretary would be an appellate authorities,reads the ordinance.
In October,2011,the ordinance was withdrawn from the state cabinet meeting when some ministers objected to it. Later,even after getting the nod from the cabinet in March,2012,the ordinance could not be implemented.
Tope said efforts were on to get the ordinance passed as Bill.
Officiating joint director of Directorate of Technical Education (Pune region) PV Sarode said as per the ordinance,any institute running without approval of the AICTE or state government can be deemed as bogus and a complaint can be lodged against it.
He,however,said the complaints are often difficult to process due to certain legal immunity available to these bogus institutes. Bogus institutes,when booked as per law,often get away when they challenge action against them in the court of law. These institutes show affiliation with some lesser know universities,including those offering distance education,and question rationale behind action against them. We have experienced a few such cases in the past, he said.