In response to rising concerns about student suicides, fire incidents, and the lack of facilities in coaching centres, the Ministry of Education has introduced new guidelines for regulating coaching institutes in India. The guidelines aim to establish a legal framework to manage the unregulated growth of private coaching centres, addressing issues such as misleading promises, guaranteeing ranks or good marks, and enrolling students below 16 years of age.
According to the guidelines, coaching centres must not engage tutors with qualifications lower than graduation, and they cannot publish misleading advertisements regarding the quality of coaching or facilities offered. The guidelines also emphasize the mental well-being of students, urging coaching centres to conduct classes without undue pressure, establish mechanisms for immediate intervention in distressing situations, and provide information about psychologists and counsellors.
To enhance transparency, coaching centres are required to have a website with updated details on tutor qualifications, courses, curriculum, hostel facilities, and fees. The guidelines also address fee-related concerns, ensuring fairness and reasonable charges. Non-compliance with the guidelines may lead to penalties or the cancellation of the centres’ registration.
These measures underscore the government’s commitment to creating a safer and more regulated environment for students pursuing coaching, emphasizing the need for both academic and mental well-being.