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MHRD plans Rs 50 lakh fine for discrimination in institutes

The Human Resource
Development Ministry has proposed a new amendment under which if any institute
is found guilty of being negligent in preventing discrimination (be it on caste, religion or gender grounds) may face a fine
of Rs 50 lakh.

The move comes in wake of
recent suicide case of Dalit student in AIIMS, New Delhi. MHRD plans to
introduce a provision in the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical
Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities
Bill to ensure that institutions will be held responsible for discrimination on
the basis of caste, gender or religion. 

“The institutes could attract
a penalty – ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 50 lakh – if evidence was found that
the college had not worked actively to prevent discrimination against a
student,” said a HRD ministry official.

 The bill will have to be cleared by the Union
Cabinet. 

The complaints will be dealt
with an internal committee of the institution initially. If the student fails
to get redressal s/he will have the option of approaching an ombudsman who will
be tasked with conducting an independent assessment. “The student can
approach the tribunal who will go by the ombudsman’s report, if there is a case
of negligence,” the official said. 

[Source: Times of India]

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