In a bid to improve transparency in higher education institutions which would help students make an informed choice, the ministry for human resource development (HRD) issued a directive to the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday, asking it to undertake a series of measures, such as setting up proper websites, introducing a faculty appraisal system and bringing the deemed universities under the purview of the state committees for fee regulation. The UGC has been asked to ensure immediate compliance.
This decision was taken by HRD minister Kapil Sibal at a meeting on Friday. This effort comes on the heels of increasing concern over the private higher education providers and the corruption racket unearthed by the CBI. These measures are crucial as the government is planning to bring in a law that would prohibit and punish unfair practices like capitation fee, over-pricing of prospectus and false claims made in advertisements and brochures.
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