Srinagar: The J&K High Court Friday issued notice to Government of India and authorities of a college in Haryana for barring three students from Kashmir Valley from pursuing their BBA studies under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme.
While seeking their reply within four weeks, a single bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan also directed chairman of the college— Delhi Technical Campus (DTC), Bahadurgarh Haryana —to allow the students to pursue their studies as well as permit them to participate in examinations till further orders.
“Respondents (College authorities) shall not declare the result till further orders of this court. However this order shall not confer any right to the petitioners,” the court said while hearing a petition filed by the students through advocate Waseem Aslam.
In their petition, the students said that they were admitted to the college for undergoing the three year course under the PMSS and have already completed five out of the six semesters.
However, the trio said that they are not being allowed for sixth semester unless they bear Rs 28000 apart from 1.20 lakhs paid by the government of India.
They have sought directions to the authorities to allow them pursue the course under the scheme for J&K students and subsequently be allowed to appear in the examination.
The scheme was initiated on the basis of suggestions by an expert group constituted by Prime Minister following 2010 unrest. It was launched with a view to enhance employment opportunities in the State and formulating a jobs plan involving the public and private sectors. The expert group had suggested the Union government to offer 5,000 fresh scholarships each year over the next five years for J&K students to pursue higher studies outside the state.
In February this year, many students, joined by their parents, staged a protest demonstration here against the college authorities for evicting them for non-release of payment under the scheme.