High Court forms judges’ panel to inspect coaching centres in Jammu

Srinagar: The J&K High Court has appointed a two-member panel of district judges to inspect coaching centres in Jammu in order to verify the undertaking filed by owners of the institutes regarding infrastructure and facilities provided to students.
“On the pattern of the court committee of two retired district judges constituted for Kashmir division for inspecting coaching centres, the court committee comprising Mr Chowdhary Vidyasagar and Nazim-u-din is constituted for Jammu division,” a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey said while hearing a Public Interest Litigation.
“All the owner/proprietors of coaching centres in Jammu city (shall) deposit Rs 10,000 within ten days with the Registrar Judicial of Jammu wing. Similarly, an amount of Rs 7,000 (will be deposited) by owners of coaching centers operating in other parts of Jammu,” the court said.
The panel is to inspect all the coaching or tuition centres and determine if the undertakings given by them in court were being followed. The panel is also tasked to find out whether the coaching centres have complied with the J&K Regulation of Private Tuition Centres Rules of 2010.
In another direction, the court asked 58 coaching centres in Kashmir who have not deposited the amount with the Registrar Judicial of Kashmir wing to do so, so that the money can be disbursed to a panel of judges for Kashmir division. “The owners of these institutes are directed to deposit the amount in terms of the earlier court order within ten days and in case the amount is not deposited, it would be deemed that they are violating court orders,” it said.
The directions followed perusal of a report by the court’s registry that out of 181 coaching centres inspected by the judges’ committee, 58 coaching centres have not deposited the required amount.
The court also directed the Commissioner Secretary Education to file a compliance report about the directions passed by it on December 30 last year. “In case the compliance report is not filed, the authority (Commissioner Secretary Education) must appear in person before the court to explain his position on the next date of hearing,” the court said, and posted the case on August 6.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by social activist Ahsan Untoo through advocate Mir Majid. The coaching centres association was represented by advocate Nasir Qadri while the Additional Advocate General appeared on behalf of the state’s education department.