The Ministry of Education's Department of Higher Education recently introduced the "Guidelines for Registration and Regulation of Coaching Center 2024."
About Guidelines for Registration and Regulation of Coaching Center 2024
- According to the guideline, a ‘coaching center’ includes a center established, run, or administered by any person to provide coaching for any study programme, competitive examinations, or academic support to students at the school, college, and university level for more than 50 students.
- Registration process:
- Coaching centers are required to submit applications for registration to the competent authority within their local jurisdiction, complying with specified forms, fees, and document requirements outlined by the appropriate government.
- Notably, if a coaching center has multiple branches, each branch is considered a separate entity, necessitating individual registration.
- Marketing Standards:
- Coaching centers must refrain from making misleading promises or guarantees regarding ranks or marks to attract parents and students.
- Transparency is emphasized, with coaching centers mandated to maintain an updated website containing information on tutors' qualifications, courses, curriculum details, duration, hostel facilities, and fees.
- Student Enrolment: Students below the age of 16 are not permitted to enroll, and entry is allowed only after the completion of secondary school examinations.
- Fee Structure:
- Tuition fees for various courses must be fair and reasonable, with detailed receipts provided.
- A comprehensive prospectus, displayed prominently, should include information on courses, duration, classes, tutorials, hostel facilities, fees, exit policies, and fee refund procedures.
- Any fee increase during the course duration is strictly prohibited. This applies to both course fees and hostel-related charges.
- Exit Policy: In the case of mid-course withdrawals, a pro-rata refund is mandated within 10 days.
- Infrastructure Requirements:
- Coaching centers must allocate a minimum of one square meter per student in each class.
- Adherence to fire safety and building codes, along with obtaining Fire and Building Safety Certificates, is compulsory.
- Proper electrification, ventilation, lighting arrangements, and security measures are essential.
- The coaching center should also be equipped with CCTV cameras, a first aid kit, and medical assistance.
- Study hours:
- Classes should not coincide with school hours to ensure regular attendance.
- Weekly offs for both students and tutors are mandatory.
- Class sizes should align with maintaining a healthy teacher-student ratio.
- Mental wellbeing of students:
- Coaching centers should establish a mechanism for immediate intervention to provide targeted and sustained assistance to students in distress and stressful situations.
- The competent authority may take steps to ensure that a counselling system is developed by the coaching centre and is easily available for the students and parents.
- Complaint Mechanism:
- Students, parents, or coaching center tutors/employees can file complaints against coaching centers, and coaching centers can file complaints against students/parents.
- These complaints will be resolved within thirty days by the competent authority or an inquiry committee established for this purpose by the appropriate government.
- Penalty: If the coaching center breaches any terms or conditions of registration or general requirements, it will face penalties: ₹25,000 for the first violation, Rs 1 lakh for a second offense, and registration revocation for subsequent breaches.
- Registration process:
Q1) What Is Pro Rata?
Pro rata is a Latin term used to describe a proportionate allocation. It essentially translates to "in proportion," which means a process where whatever is being allocated will be distributed in equal portions. If something is given out to people on a pro rata basis, it means assigning an amount to one person according to their share of the whole.