The state government is planning to introduce a special act to crack down on bogus educational institutes operating in Maharashtra and book offenders. The act will help the Maharashtra government to take stern action against the culprits,” said higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope. The department has drafted the act and forwarded it to the law and judiciary department for its legal opinion, the minister added. The announcement to this effect was made by the minister in Mantralaya. The move follows the Bombay high court’s directive in 2008, asking the state government to lodge criminal complaints against managements involved in running fake institutes in the state. The court had also directed the higher and technical education department to seal the premises of such institutes. At present it is mandatory for institutes offering diploma or degree courses to take permission from the Board of Technical Education and the university concerned. However, complaints against unauthorised institutes offering degree and diploma certificate courses are still on the rise.
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