In last few years, India has seen rapid growth of unauthorised and illegal educational institutions. Restricting this malpractice, Maharashtra state cabinet has approved a draft ordinance.
According to the provisions of the proposed ordinance, the owners, management and proprietors of such institutions will face a maximum prison term of one year and could be fined anything between Rs one lakh and Rs five lakh. Issuing bogus advertisements will also attract, under the provisions of the proposed law, a fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh. It has been proposed that educational institutions in the field of higher and technical education, agriculture, dairy development, medical education, veterinary science and all courses will be covered under the new law.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had brought to the notice of the state government that there were 80 bogus educational institutions in the state.