With rise number of student suicides due to alleged harassment by private coaching centers, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has urged the State Government to regulate such institutions.
R Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary MHRD has written to the State government to initiate measures to regulate coaching centers. He stressed the need for framing regulations to avoid such incidents in future.
He pointed out that It has been reported that most of these coaching centers are not recognized under regulations, charge exorbitant fees, place under duress the students at the cost of extracurricular activities.
MHRD has suggested several measures, based on recommendations of Justice Roopanwal Commission of Enquiry. The ministry has asked the State government to regulate these coaching centers in the interest of students and their overall development as per the recommendations of the commission.
The panel states that while Plus II level education is responsibility of the State government, it must regulate institutions that impart education by covering various aspects and prescribing strict penalty system for deviant coaching centres. Till date there is no mechanism to enable a student to appeal in cases where excesses are committed by a university. Keeping this in view, universities are required to evolve a mechanism to look into excesses on students.
Secondly counseling centers consisting of professionally trained counselors should be set up, which shall provide services to the students, research scholars, and faculty including non teaching staff. Monitoring committees are to be constituted to provide guidance on matters related to subjects studied by the students.
Besides, an Equal Opportunity Cell headed by Anti Discrimination Officer should be made functional and Grievance Redressal Committee headed by Ombudsman too should work to curb the menace.
Establishment of Local Guardian System for outstation students is needed and grievances are to be discussed and dispensed with on a weekly basis and Vice Chancellor to hold meetings on monthly basis. The university should select suitable student volunteers to act as mentors and help the freshers.
Remedial teaching for weak students should be regularly conducted and the Dean is required to closely monitor the problems and any serious issue should be brought to the notice of the Vice Chancellor immediately.
Now after receiving the MHRD notice, both School & Mass Education and Higher Education Departments will frame the regulations for coaching centers and ensure that these centers run as per the regulations, said sources in Department of Higher Education.