Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal has reached out to the Opposition parties to ensure smooth passage of three key education bills in current session of Parliament. Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee and AIADMK leader M Thambi Durai attended the meeting among others with Sibal.
As per the sources, the meeting is being described as "path to progress" the outcome of the meeting indicated that some more rounds of deliberation could be held.
The key education bills that are being pushed by the Education Minister are Higher Education and Research Bill, Educational Tribunal Bill and the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill.
The sources said Sibal tried to clear the air about some apprehensions raised by Opposition on the floor of the House especially about the national accreditation regulatory authority bill, which has been dubbed as "constitutionally invalid". Sibal, however, side-stepped questions about the outcome of the meeting.
The HRD Ministry has decided not to push the legislation allowing foreign education institutions to set up base in India in the current session of Parliament. There are seven Bills that are pending in Parliament. The ministry proposes to introduce two more -- the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Bill and the Central Board of Secondary Education in the current Session