January 16, 2010 12:50:25 am
The state government has decided to formulate a new law to curb unauthorised private institutions running vocational courses. To deter the practice,an Act to make it a non-bailable offence is on the anvil.
Every year new institutions are set up to conduct vocational courses in areas like hospitality industry and shipping industry, a senior official said.
These institutions not only publicise their courses but also promise jobs in return for a huge sums as fee. Students end up paying money and are left in the lurch without jobs. The government,at present,has no control over such institutions. It wants to enact a law to control such illegal technical institutions.
He further said a survey by the state had revealed that there were about 140 such institutions in the state offering training and placements as sailors and navigating officers in merchant navy,air hostesses etc. Every year there is a rise of 25 to 30 such institutions. Most of these institutions are not affiliated to statutory authorities like the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and their course materials are not standardised.
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Legislation of the Act is at a preliminary stage and the quantum of imprisonment for offenders is being worked out.
He said apart from taking action under provisions of the Indian Penal Code,the state had no control to penalise those who operated such institutions.
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