Responding to BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s letter expressing concern over bogus universities and colleges running with impunity, HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said that the ministry was seized of the problem and had even drafted a legislation to bring in stringent punishment. He asked for the Opposition’s support in passing the proposed law Prohibition of unfair practices in technical education institutions, medical educational institutions and universities bill 2010.
In his letter, Sibal said that while opening of the education sector had increased access it had also widened the scope of unscrupulous elements to exploit people. “The present laws are insufficient to deal with the menace,” he wrote.
The bill is expected to hike penalty on a bogus university from Rs 1,000 to Rs 50 lakh and imprisonment for a term of three years in cases where criminal intent is noticed by a court of law.