The draft of ‘Unfair Practices in Education’ bill is ready and would be introduced in the Parliament after consultations with all stake holders, including parents and students, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said on January 31.
The bill seeking to check irregularities in private educational institutions and providing access to students and parents about the information related to institutions was sent to the states for comments and also uploaded on the website to seek suggestions from stakeholders, Irani said in Una.
All stakeholders including the students and parents would be apprised of the provisions of the bill before introducing it in the Parliament, she said.
The bill would go a long way in “curbing the unfair practices adopted by private institutions” whose details including the fees and infrastructure would also be in public domain.
Without naming anyone, she referred to the recent suicide by Hyderabad University research scholar and said that there should be no politics over it.
“We can also speak on the issue but we don’t want to politicise the issue and would speak only in the Parliament,” she said.
Replying to a question regarding the opening of an IIIT at Haroli in Una, she said, “laying the foundation stone for electoral gains was not sufficient. Land, infrastructure and budgetary provisions are also required for opening educational institutions.”
Referring to the campus of Central University at Kangra, Irani said a team of HRD would soon visit the proposed site.
Later, addressing the BJP workers at Hamirpur, Irani said the site for the main campus of Kangra Central University would be finalised soon and the claim of Dehra would not be ignored.
Earlier, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and BJP MLA from Dehra, Ravinder Singh Ravi met the Union minister and said that chief minister Virbhadra Singh was issuing “confusing statements” on Kangra University, ignoring the claim of Dehra