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Coaching Institute Soon Geting To Be Controlled By Licence

The higher education department is all set to tighten the noose on coaching institutes that run on franchises and charge arbitrary fee from students. It has decided to make it compulsory for coaching institutes to take licence from the department. They will also have to fix their tuition fee and intimate it to the department.

Minister for Higher Education Laxmikant Sharma said, "There is a large number of coaching institutes that take franchise of renowned organisations and charge exorbitant fee from the students. The government is preparing some guidelines that will stop coaching institutes from taking fee at their own will."

The higher education department will issue mandatory guidelines for coaching institutes soon. "The decision has to be taken by the ministry and we will implement it," said Basant Pratap Singh, principal secretary of higher education department."

Meanwhile, owners of the institutes are wary of the government's decision to fix the fee structure. Mahendra Kusera, franchise owner of Akash Institute, said: "It is too early to comment on the issue. The amount fixed by the government will decide the profit or loss of our company."

Franchise owner of Sri Chaitanya Institute, K Sriniwas Rao, said: "Coaching centres are giving scholarships upto Rs 40,000 to students. If government will fix the fee, most of them will stop giving such incentives."

On the other hand, parents have expressed their happiness over the decision. Ashok Kaushik said, "I had enrolled my son in one of the coaching institutes to prepare for medical entrance exams. As compared to last year, the fee has increased by almost 20 to 25 per cent." Another parent, Mahesh Sankhla said, "Several institutes are running a flourishing business in the name of education. The decision will help in curbing their greed."

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