Thursday, June 20, 2013

Education Scams: 1-yr jail term for bogus edu institution owners

Mumbai: Alarmed by the mushrooming growth of unauthorised and illegal educational institutions, the state cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft ordinance to curb the menace.

According to the provisions of the proposed ordinance, the owners, management and proprietors of such institutions will face a maximum prison term of one year and could be fined between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh.

Issuing bogus advertisements will also attract, under the provisions of the proposed law, a fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

A few years ago, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had brought to the notice of the state government that there were 80 bogus educational institutions in Maharashtra.

Mum univ not to conduct exams?
The Mumbai University plans to palm off its vital duty of conducting examinations for 87 certificate and postgraduate courses to colleges and departments that run the courses. The management council will take a final decision on this proposal on Thursday.

TO BE ENFORCED IMMEDIATELY Fake univ ordinance awaits governor nod
Mumbai: State higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope briefed the cabinet on the proposed Maharashtra Prevention of Unauthorised and Illegal Educational Institutions Ordinance, 2013, which
approved proposal designed to curb bogus educational institutions in the state.

“All the educational institutions have been identified. Once the ordinance comes into force, we will take action against the institutions as per the provisions of the law,” a senior bureaucrat told TOI on Wednesday.

“The cabinet has approved the proposal. We are in the process of submitting the ordinance to the governor for approval. Once the proposal is approved, it will come into force on the same day,’’ he added.

The official said in the recent past, the issue of bogus educational institutions cheating hundreds of students was discussed in both the houses of the state legislature and that the Maharashtra government had assured that a comprehensive law will be enacted to curb the menace.

Now it has been proposed that educational institutions in the field of higher and technical education, agriculture, dairy development, medical education, veterinary science and all courses will be covered under the new law.
Prafulla Marpakwar TNN

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