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State of Maharashta v Vikas Sahebrao Roundale and Others

State of Maharashta v Vikas Sahebrao Roundale and Others

Supreme Court of India 11 August 1992 

Keywords: India, acceptability, minimum standards. 

'This Court judicially noted mushroom growth of ill-equipped and understaffed unrecognized educational institutions in Andra Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Maharashta and other States too are no exceptions.

Obviously the field of education is found to be a fertile, perennial and profitable business adventure with least [sic] capital outlay. This case is one such case from the State of Maharashta.

It would appear that individuals or societies, without complying with the statutory requirements, establish educational or training institutions ill-equipped to impart education and have students admitted, in some instances despite warnings by the State Government and in some instances without knowledge of the State Government concerned, but with connivance at lower levels.

The ill-equipped and ill-housed institutions and sub-standard staff therein are counter-productive and detrimental to inculcating spirit of inquiry and excellence in the students.

The disregard of statutory compliance would amount to letting loose of innocent and unwary children.’ 

The Supreme Court affirmed the power and the responsibility of the state to ensure that educational institutions conform to minimum standards (safety, water, sanitation or qualifications of teachers.) Without meeting such standards, those schools would be unacceptable.