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False ads to land AP colleges in trouble

Apr 05, 2006 04:29 PM IST India India

Hyderabad: Private colleges in Andhra Pradesh will now face action if they try to lure students with false advertisements.

These colleges have been promising top ranks in competitive examinations.

Falsely claiming that the top rankers in a public examination studied in their institution or giving guarantee of clearing the exam is now a punishable crime in Andhra Pradesh. Besides cancellation of registration, those running such institutions will also be liable to imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine up to 1 lakh rupees.

"Government has issued instructions to all the tutorials and staff of different departments especially the higher education department in the districts to monitor the kind of advertisements being issued by the tutorials and colleges and anyone contravenes the provisions of the section 7, then immediately prosecution should be launched," Secretary, Board of Intermediate Education, AP, R P Sisodia, says.

It was found that several colleges exploited top-rankers by publishing their photos and rank details in newspapers and posters.

Getting inspiration from such ads, many students joined the institutions and later found that they had been duped. Government hopes that the new legislation will put an end to such practices.