Parliament gives nod to National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill

The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote. (File image: Reuters) Parliament on Tuesday gave its nod to a Bill which seeks to declare four National Institutes of Design in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Haryana as institutions of national importance. Several amendments to the Bill moved by opposition members were defeated by voice vote. The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote. It has already been cleared by…

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Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

The former Labor government extended HELP student loans to the vocational training sector in 2009. Since then, dozens of scandals emerged as dodgy private operators rorted the multi-billion-dollar scheme. The Senate last night passed a bill scrapping the VET FEE-HELP program and replacing it with a new VET Student Loans program to begin on January 1. “VET Student Loans will ensure students and taxpayers are protected, that skills shortages are addressed and that the reputation of the vocational education sector is restored,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said. “We have rebuilt…

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