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Private schools get free hand to fix fee

New Delhi (PTI): Giving a free hand to private educational institutions to frame their fee structure, the Supreme Court has ruled that any governmental interference in the same would undermine the independence of the institutions.

“The decision on the fee to be charged must necessarily be left to the private educational institution that does not seek or is not dependent upon any funds from the government,” an 11-judge bench headed by Chief Justice b.n. kirpal said in the landmark majority judgment pronounced recently.

A private unaided institution should have maximum autonomy in the day-to-day administration as “bureaucratic or governmental interference in the administration of such an institution will undermine its independence,” Justice Kirpal said.

The Chief Justice of India wrote the judgment for himself and for Justices g.b. pattanaik, s. rajendra Babu, k.g. balakrishnan, p.v. reddi and Arijit Passayat.

However, the bench said as opening of educational institutions were for the purpose of charity, the fee charged could not amount to profiteering.

It also said that for the purpose of ensuring educational excellence, the government could frame guidelines even for private unaided educational institutions.

he bench said: “We, however, wish to emphasise one point, and that is that inasmuch as the occupation of education is, in a sense, regarded as charitable, the government can provide regulations that will ensure excellence in education, while forbidding the charging of capitation fee and profiteering by the institution.”

Mobsters target Gaya DM

Gaya (PTI): The district magistrate of Gaya, Brajesh Malhotra, was injured on Tuesday when his motorcade was attacked by an irate mob at Usar Deora village in the district, official sources said.

The sources said the mob, which was blocking the road at Usar Deora under Tekari police station over some local issues, attacked the district magistrate when securitymen accompanying him tried to chase them away.

Malhotra was going to Kamalpur village for a programme which was to be addressed by rjd chief Laloo Prasad Yadav and chief minister Rabri Devi. Police had to fire a few rounds in the air to disperse the mob, the sources said.

The district magistrate, who sustained head injury in the attack, is being treated at his official residence under supervision of a team of doctors from Magadh Medical College Hospital here. He will be kept under observation for 48 hours, Dr Pandey Rajeshwari Prasad, neuro-physician of the hospital said.

Labourer dies in Pak shelling

Srinagar (PTI): A labourer was killed and three seriously injured when Pakistani forces opened fire and shelled Indian villages along the Line of Control in Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said on Tuesday.

The labourers were constructing a bunker at King Post in Uri sector of Baramulla district when a shell exploded near them last night, killing Abdul Aziz Hajam.

Jhajjar probe

Phagwara (pti): A six-member probe panel has been constituted by Simranjit Singh Mann, sad (A) chief, to probe the October 15 Jhajjar killings and the subsequent conversions by Dalits. It will be headed by party general secretary Jaskaran Singh. The panel will visit Dulina village in Jhajjar on November 9 to get first hand information of the incident.

Liquor seized

Vadodara (PTI): Indian made foreign liquor worth Rs 22.8 lakh was seized from a truck by the state prohibition squad and police on Monday. Police said the truck, carrying 35 bags of the liquor, was on its way to Surat from Madhya Pradesh and driver i.m. chauhan from bhojpur was arrested, while his accomplice escaped.

Councillor killed

Manipal (pti): A municipal councillor and his wife were killed on the spot and their five-year-old son hurt in a road mishap at Agumbe, police said. The car carrying five passengers, including Udupi councillor K. Shankar Nayak and his wife, was coming from Shringeri to Udupi, when it fell into the Agumbe Ghat on Monday.

Border quake

New Delhi (pti): An earthquake of slight intensity was felt in the India-Pakistan border on Tuesday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

Family suicide

Surat (pti): Five members of a family allegedly committed suicide after suffering financial loss, police said. On forcibly entering book seller Rajiv Narendra’s house, police found the bodies of his parents, wife and son, who had apparently consumed poison. Narendra was found hanging from the ceiling.

Wildlife fans spent the Diwali evening with animals of the Allen Forest Zoo in Kanpur. Animal lovers drew ‘rangoli’ at the zoo entrance and lit candles outside the cages. They also burst low-intensity crackers and offered fruits and edibles to the animals.


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