Education Reform Bills likely to get Parliamentary approval

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

These Bills are pending from more than two and a half years. They have finally found favour from a parliamentary committee

Around five major education-related Bills are expected to pass soon by the Parliament. Among the Bills, include one that will allow foreign universities to open campuses in India and another to fight educational malpractices, according to a media report.

The Foreign Universities Bill proposes to allow foreign educational institutes to open campuses in India and award independent degrees. The Malpractice Bill aims to prevent, prohibit and punish abuses in the educational system, the report added.

The other Bills include forming a national accreditation regulatory authority for higher institutions; a tribunal to fast-track adjudication of disputes in the higher education system; forming a national academic depository to digitise educational credentials of students and curb forgery.

India has more than 600 universities and around 35,000 colleges. These Bills are pending from more than two and a half years. They have finally found favour from a parliamentary committee comprising members of several political parties.

The ministry of human resource development (HRD) is hoping the consensus will enable it to push the reform Bills in the ongoing session of Parliament that continues until May after a month-long break that starts 22 March and in the following session. Parliament scrutiny of all these proposed legislations has been completed.

According to the committee report, passing of all these legislations will restructure India’s higher education system in an international world. It also said that passing of these legislative proposals need not be delayed any further. HRD ministry said the committee’s report will enhance the chances of getting the Bills passed.


 

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