The government will move an amendment in a Bill that will make it mandatory for all public and private institutes to declare their position on granting admissions vis-a-vis the reservation policy. The institutes will have to declare whether or not they have adopted any affirmative action as far as admissions are concerned and also disclose category wise break-up of the allocated seats.
The Kapil Sibal-led Human Resource Development Ministry will move the amendment in the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions,Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill,2010 that is currently in Parliament. The ministry is expected to take back the Bill to Cabinet on Thursday to move this amendment.
The amendment does not propose any imposition of penalties or any other action against institutes nor does it force institutes to reserve seats. It,however,will indirectly ask of institutes to seriously consider taking affirmative action as part of their social responsibility simply through this self-disclosure clause, said a highly placed official.
Reservation policy apart,the Bill will also include an amendment to delink it from the Educational Tribunal Bill also pending in Parliament,deferred by the Rajya Sabha. The ministry has delinked the unfair practices Bill with the tribunal one so that the former can sail through Parliament even if the latter gets held up.
The amendment has been proposed keeping in mind the recent spate of incidents where Dalit students have committed suicide allegedly due to discrimination they faced at institutes. Several forums including one of SC/ST MPs had also appealed to the HRD Ministry to take urgent steps to check caste discrimination in higher educational institutes not only with respect to student interaction but also in terms of teacher-student interaction and assessment.
Following the appeal,the University Grants Commission in May this year approved new regulations to prevent caste-based discrimination and harassment.