Himachal To Set Up Country’s First Private Education Regulatory Commission

Dharamshala: The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Thursday (9.12.2010) gave its ascent to the Private Education Institutions (Regularity Commission) Bill, accepting the draft finalised by the select committee panel with voice vote, which would be the first such bill in the country.

Presenting the Bill for discussion on the last day of four-day -long winter session here, Education Minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman said it would be first such type of Bill in the country to keep check on the working of private institutions coming up in the large number in the state.

He said on the request of Opposition members it was handed over to discuss by the Select Committee Panel represented by the members of both the side during last monsoon session on August 23.

Earlier, speaking over the Bill, Kaul Singh Thakur demanded to increase the five years cap period on members of Regulatory Commission to join next assignment after remaining in the Commission. He also gave contention that one member of UGC should be included in the Commission to keep it updated with latest UGC norms.

Rejecting the demand of Mr Thakur, the Minister said the Bill has been already gone through the SCP which also took care of the objections raised by oppositions members who have been its members and now government could not concede the more issues.

Intervening in the debate, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the Bill would show way to rest of country as it is landmark legislation to maintain the quality and standards of education in private institutions.

He said after getting expected result from the new legislation and the bill could be further amended in future if it was desired so.

Courtesy: UNI

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