Private universities regulation bill passed in Himachal assembly

Dharamsala: Himachal Pradesh assembly today passed the key Private Institutions (Regulation Commission) Bill to regulate the functioning of institutions of higher education including private universities.

The bill was earlier referred to select committee in the last session of Assembly. The suggestions made by the committee were incorporated in the amended bill.

The bill provided for constitution of a three-member commission to regulate the functioning of private institutions and universities. It also empowered the commission to impose penalty up to Rs. 5 crore for violation of guidelines set by government and other statutory bodies, and entertain the complaints filed by students and parents.

Chief Minister Dhumal said Himachal is the first to bring such a bill to regulate higher education institutes and more amendments could be made if needed with passage of time as the government was committed to regulating higher education.

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