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Patna, July 15: The state human resource development (HRD) department has decided to keep a tab on unregistered coaching institutes in the state capital given their mushrooming growth.

A decision to this effect was taken by HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh at his janata darbar today.

Some students of a coaching institute had approached Singh with the complaint that the centre in which they were studying was not providing facilities as they had promised in their prospectus.

Singh asked Patna district education officer Medo Das to find out the number of coaching institutes registered with the administration as mentioned in the coaching manual of the government.

Around 2,000 coaching institutes in the state capital are registered with the district administration as per the coaching manual, Singh said.

He said the HRD department had directed the district education officer to get details, within a week, of coaching institutes which are not registered under the coaching manual.

The department will look into the facilities provided by these coaching institutes to students, the syllabus followed and whether they are meeting other promises and assurances made in their prospectus.

A director of one such centre, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there are more than 4,500 coaching institutes, big and small, in the city for engineering, medical, banks and others examination test.

Many national level coaching institutes, which include FIIT-JEE, Brilliant Tutorial, Pie Classes, Akash Institutes and others, have opened centres to get students. Apart from these, there are other institutes being run by individuals or groups of teachers trying to cash in on the education boom.

The director said: “These coaching institutes try to lure students with various types of lucrative offers such as ‘100 per cent success guaranteed in engineering/medical examinations,’ ‘money-back schemes’, ‘15-day crash course in reasoning’, etc.”

In another decision taken at the janata darbar, the HRD principal secretary said admit cards for the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) would be distributed only after a decision is taken on the date of the examination.

Until now, around 18 lakh forms have been sold. The HRD department plans to distribute around 30 lakh forms. TET is being touted as one of the biggest examinations to be conducted in Bihar in recent years.

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