Cabinet clears unfair practices prohibition bill

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Cabinet clears landmark education bills
New Delhi, Mar 19: The Cabinet on Friday, Mar 19, gave its clearance to Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010, paving way for stern action against those institutions indulging in unjust and deceptive practices.

The bill proposes strict penal action against unfair practices such as charging of capitation fee or failure of educational institutions to keep promises of quality education.

Administrators and management personnel of errant institutions could be slapped with a fine up to Rs 50 lakh or even be imprisoned for a term of three years.

The Bill screams for these deceptive practices to be seen as criminal or civil offenses based on the nature of the crime.

For instance if an institution charges capitation fees or doesn't deliver on the promises made in its prospectus, then it could be considered as a criminal offense. An instance will be termed as civil offense if it's an isolated case of malpractice involving just one or two students.

Besides the prohibition of unfair practices bill, the cabinet also gave its nod to two other education bills including Education Tribunal Bill and a bill for setting up of a National Accreditation Authority.

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