Coaching centres: SC to examine PIL

The Supreme Court Monday decided to examine a PIL demanding strict regulation of “unrecognised” private coaching centres that have mushroomed across the country

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 30, 2013 3:49 am

The Supreme Court Monday decided to examine a PIL demanding strict regulation of “unrecognised” private coaching centres that have mushroomed across the country.

A Bench,led by Justice K S Radhakrishnan,asked advocate Deepak Prakash,appearing for PIL petitioner Students Federation of India,to give a copy of the petition to the Centre’s counsel for a response,and posted the matter for hearing after three weeks.

In its PIL,the CPM’s student wing claimed unregulated coaching centres caused financial burden on students and parents,and also created psychological pressures,besides violating the CBSE and Right to Education guidelines.

It highlighted that the Rs 35,000-crore coaching business was expected to grow by more than Rs 75,000 crore by 2014-15,as per the Crisil Report. The fee charged by coaching centres is arbitrary,causing huge financial burden on parents,said the petition,adding that private coaching institutes issue false and misleading advertisements,using the names and photographs of successful students without their permission. At times,one topper is claimed to have been trained by more than one institute. The PIL stated that 50 students committed suicide in 2011 in Kota,Rajasthan,which is now a hub.

Seeking an explanation on the government’s reluctance to regulate coaching centres,the PIL questioned whether the syllabus prepared by the Central and state education boards were not good enough to meet the standards of entrance examinations conducted for IITs and medical colleges.

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