HC orders sealing of two ETT colleges in Jammu

HC orders sealing of two ETT colleges in Jammu

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed Divisional commissioner, Jammu to seal two Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) colleges in Jammu after CBI investigation report stated that the colleges were illegally functioning.
The division bench comprising of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magray directed the owners of these institutions to be put to notice for filing the objections and also initiation of appropriate action against the defaulters.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu was also directed to file compliance by or before the next date of hearing on February 20, 2018.
The orders were passed after the investigation report was produced by Inspector General of Police, State Crime Branch, Jammu.
The report said the authorities have abused their official positions by granting the NOC in favor of Ambica ETT and Kunjwani.
The report further said that the promoters of the said Institute in league with state board of school education (BOSE) authorities established ETT institutes and admitted 17 students after depositing affiliation fee with BOSE, Jammu without removing the deficiencies pin-pointed by the inspection team.
“The authorities have flouted the guidelines of National Council for Teachers Education and J&K Education Act, 2002,” said the report.
In compliance of the directions of the Court, the list regarding the promoters of the ETT institutions which were found illegal, has been submitted to the Secretary School Education Department on 29-11-2017 for further appropriate actions, said the report.
But so far, the secretary school education has not provided any information with regard to this issue to the court.
Meanwhile Senior Additional Advocate General, BA Dar was asked about the action taken by the Secretary.
“The report has been received three days back,” Dar said.
The court ordered that pending appropriate action against the two institutions by the secretariat, they shall be sealed for the time being.
With respect to implementation of Jammu and Kashmir School education Rules, 2010, the court remarked that already four weeks time was granted but state counsel has requested for more time for filing the proper report.
The court granted further four weeks time and directed state counsel that no more time will be granted after this.

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