In future, one test for UG tech courses

Replying to a debate on the National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 that was passed by a voice vote in the Lower House, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said an all-India merit list would be prepared based on the test results, to enable candidates qualify for admissions into prestigious technical institutes. An expert committee is examining the matter, he added.

On malpractices in higher education, Sibal said the government was preparing a bill which would be brought to Parliament soon. The Bill will seek to deal with various malpractices in higher education including issuing misleading advertisements for technical institutes through which students are fooled, transaction of money "under the table" and charging of capitation fees, he said.

The minister also assured the House that government would crack down on fake universities. He said the government wants to check mushrooming of such institutes where”the father becomes the Chancellor and son the Vice-chancellor.”

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