The Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal had a meeting with MPs of Congress and other UPA allies to seek their views on the impending education bills. The exercise comes right before the winter session of Parliament expected to start from November end.
The minister is leaving no stones unturned to garner political support for getting Parliament’s approval to the ministry’s bills. Over a dozen bills of the HRD ministry covering different aspects of higher education are pending in Parliament.
"It was primarily a feedback exercise with an attempt to brief them about importance of these legislations," a senior government official said.
Not just the opposition, even the ruling party members had opposed some of these bills and Sibal had failed to convince them in the house.
Congress MP JD Seelam objected to absence of a quota policy for faculty in institutes of national importance while discussion on Indian Institute of Information Technology Kancheepuram Bill 2011. Seelam got the support of opposition parties on the issue.Another Congress MP Kesav Rao complained that the ministry had failed to fully incorporate the suggestions on the Parliamentary standing committee on the bill to set up educational tribunals.
An MP, who participated at the meeting, revealed that the meeting was very informative where they were told about different aspects of these pending bills."Delay in getting the bill passed was resulting in setback in education reforms," the MP said and added that most MPs agreed the need to get the bills passed.
Some MPs made suggestions on the bills which the ministry would be considering. Two new important legislations — the National Council for Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011 and the Universities for Innovation Bill, 2011 — are to be introduced in Parliament, for which Sibal will require political support.
[Source: Hindustan Times]