CLOSURE OF UNREGISTERED COACHING CENTRES

Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed a three-member committee headed by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to file compliance report regarding closure of unregistered coaching and tuition centres in the Valley.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey also warned the panel over violation of its orders.
“It is made clear that any violation of the court orders will be viewed seriously and action (will be) taken against the authorities,” the bench said and posted the PIL filed by social activist Ahsan Untoo through advocate Mir Majid for further consideration in the week commencing April 6.
In another direction, the court also directed a committee comprising two former District and Sessions Judges to complete exercise regarding the verification of the undertaking filed by the owners of coaching centres and submit the report.
On February 10, the high court had directed, besides the closure of the coaching centres, the constitution of a committee comprising two former District and Sessions Judges to verify undertaking filed the owners of these centres before the Registrar Judicial of the court.
The high court had also directed the coaching centres in Srinagar to deposit an amount of Rs 10000 each while those operating in other districts of the Valley were directed to deposit Rs 7000 with Registrar Judicial within ten days time. The amount, as per the court, is to be paid to the members of the committee in equal share.
However, the Supreme Court granted six weeks to the coach centres even as it dismissed their challenge to the high court order about the depositing of the money.
In order to secure the interests of children who are studying in the unregistered coaching and tuition centres, the high court had directed the owners and the authorized persons of the institutes not to operate their bank accounts which stand in their names.
“The Court is constrained to pass the directions to ensure that noble service of teaching is not reduced to mere commercial activity. The interest of children, who are future of the nation, is dearer to all and have to be secured at all cost,” the court had said.
The directions were made applicable to coaching and tuition centres which remained unregistered till the issuance of its December 30 order and not to those who those who have applied for renewal of their registration.
The court had also extended its directions to the coaching and tuition centres of Jammu division with the direction the Divisional Commissioner Jammu to submit detailed report before it on the next date of hearing.
The coaching and tuition centres functioning in Jammu were also directed to file undertakings that they comply with 2010 Rules and court directions.
Meanwhile, the court has extended by a week time to the coaching centres of Jammu to file the undertaking after their counsel prayed for the same.