Govt dilutes accreditation authority bill

Diluting a proposed law that sought to make accreditation of higher educational institutions mandatory in the country, the Centre has dropped a significant clause that stipulated maximum two years of imprisonment for violations.

The Human Resource Development Ministry, however, has kept the provision of slapping of a maximum of Rs 10 lakh fine if any person contravenes or attempts to contravene or abets the contravention of the provisions of the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill, sources told Deccan Herald.

The Ministry has brought in changes in Clause 41 of the proposed law succumbing to pressure from private institutions, hoping smooth passage of the bill in Parliament in the upcoming session. The bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2010, is still pending. 

A general provision of two years of imprisonment for violation of the proposed law was made in the bill by the ministry to meet “unforeseen” offences and contraventions which were not mentioned in the proposed law.

“It was intended to be a deterrent,” sources said. Various stakeholders, especially private institutions, have expressed opposition to the clause.

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