Six Bills on Higher Education before Parliament

  • National Knowledge Commission Report

What do the Bills propose?

  • The Foreign Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2010: allows foreign institutions to sell higher education degrees to those who pay the highest price (read fees) and minimise costs (e.g. teachers salaries). Click on the pdf icon to download and read.
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  • The Prohibition of Unfair Practices Bill: without defining “unfair practice” aims to keep activities of private educational institutions (e.g teachers’ service conditions and promotions) outside the purview of judicial scrutiny. Click on the pdf icon to download and read.
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  • The Educational Tribunals Bill, 2010: denies all stakeholders (e.g. teachers, students, employees) the constitutional right to go to High courts or Supreme Court to seek justice and is thus tailored to private and foreign institutions. Click on the pdf icon to download and read.
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  • The Universities for Innovation Bill: allows the setting up of private universities with public funding in the name of “innovation” with absolute powers for private promoters without any government regulation. Click on the pdf icon to download and read.
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  • The Higher Education and Research Bill: replaces the UGC with the National Commission for Higher Education and Research with powers to decide every aspect of higher education – teaching, learning, curriculum, service conditions, funding, appointments, creation of universities – leaving educational institutions with no autonomy. Click on the pdf icon to download and read.
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  • The National Accreditation Bill: provides for mandatory accreditation for Indian institutions and exemption from it to a class of institutions at the whims and fancies of central government. Click on the pdf icon to download and read.
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