Guwahati, July 20: The Assam Assembly today passed the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Bill, 2011.
The legislation seeks to provincialise the state’s venture educational institutions that got recognition on or before January 1, 2006.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the objective of the bill was to provincialise the services of different categories of employees, both teaching and non-teaching who are serving in non-provincialised (popularly known as venture) educational institutions in the state, in a phased manner.
Provincialised educational institutions are those which are aided by the state government and their staff are government employees.
He said the step was taken to give relief to the employees and take the management and control of venture institutions in the hands of the state government with a view to impart quality education. The bill aims to restrict the mushrooming of venture institutions. It has provisions stating that only quality institutions shall be established in the state and that no further provincialisation of services will be considered except the ones being considered under the present legislation.
The bill states that only those venture institutes will be considered for provincialisation which had been established and had obtained the required permission or recognition or affiliation, as the case may be, from the respective competent authority or authorities before January 1, 2006.
It also stipulates that there must be a minimum of 25 students in the highest class, which is Class V if it is a primary school, Class VIII if it is an upper primary school, Class X if it is a high school, Class XII if it is a higher secondary school or a junior college and final year of three-year degree course if it is a degree college.
The bill also mentions that in case of a high school or a higher secondary or a junior college or a degree college, “the educational institution must have a consistent good academic performance which would mean that at least 30 per cent of the candidates appearing for the final examination must have passed in any three examinations held since January 1, 2006”.
Around 400 colleges and 16,000 schools will be provincialised under this legislation.
The services of the employees of all eligible venture educational institutions, who have already completed 10 years of services without any break on the date of the legislation coming into force, will be provincialised and they will become employees of the state government with effect from that date.
The services of a teaching or non-teaching employee in a venture educational institution up to higher-secondary level shall be considered for provincialisation only if they have requisite academic and professional qualification prescribed by the relevant rules.
If an employee is required to acquire any prescribed academic or professional qualifications, services of such employee may be considered for provincialisation if he/she acquires it within a period of five years.