To ensure transparency in the functioning of private educational institutions, the government has decided to bring all private colleges, senior secondary and high schools under the RTI Act 2005 with immediate effect.
However, the Act will not cover medical and nursing colleges and schools affiliated to the CBSE and the ICSE.
All private colleges and schools, whether aided or unaided, will come covered under the RTI and
they have been directed to appoint public information officers (PIOs) and appellate authorities as provided under the Act.
In an order passed on February 10, 2016, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed Director of Higher Education Dinkar Burathoki to notify PIOs in all private recognized colleges and high and senior secondary schools to facilitate the people to seek information under the RTI Act. In pursuant to directions issued by the CIC, the Director declared and designated
all headmasters and principals of schools and colleges as Public Information Officers for private schools for the implementation of the RTI Act.
Objective of the Right to Information Act:
The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the government more accountable to the governed. The Act is a big step towards making the citizens informed about the activities of the Government. In this regard Sourashtra College has been providing an opportunity to the public for getting information about the College under RTI Act.