SRINAGAR: The high court has issued a notice to Kashmir University, asking it to file a response by on Monday to a petition challenging its decision to continue with B.Ed programme through distance mode in derogation of Justice Verma panel report.
Besides notice, a single bench of Justice B S Walia also directed Kashmir University to produce entire record pertaining to selection process of B. Ed courses through distance mode.
The petitioner challenged the varsity’s admission notification (no 14 of 2015) for B. Ed programme for Session 2015 issued by the office of the Dean Academic Affairs and also selection notification (no. 1 of February 2016) by the office of the convener of admission for B.Ed programme through distance mode.
The petitioner said that a meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Minister for Education in which representatives from government, universities and other stake holder participated.
The agenda of the meeting, the petitioner said, was to discuss implementation of recommendation of justice Verma Commission Report and other aspects.
While discussing the course offered by the J&K Universities under distance mode, the petitioner said it was agreed by the Kashmir University to discontinue the B. Ed and M. Ed programmes through distance mode forthwith.
The petitioner said that recommendation (no. 8) of Justice Verma committee states: ‘As a matter of policy, the first professional degree/diploma in teacher education should be offered only in face to face mode.”
The university, the petitioner said, has acted in derogation of its own decision taken in the meeting while Jammu University has already discontinued the B.Ed programme through the distance mode.
“It (the continuation with B.Ed programme) is in utter derogation of NCET (National Council of Teachers Education) norms and decision taken already by government,” the petitioner added.