High Court summons BOPEE chairman for not granting admission to differently-abled student

High Court summons BOPEE chairman for not granting admission to differently-abled student

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday sought personal appearance of chairman Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance examination (JKBOPEE) to explain why admission was not granted to a differently-abled candidate despite the court order.
The aggrieved candidate Vasundhara Sharma informed the court that despite the October 15 judgment granting her admission to the MBBS course in the differently-abled category, nothing has been done so far.
“Everyday’s delay is costing her heavily,” she submitted in her plea.
The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal after hearing her plea directed BOPEE chairman Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari to remain personally present in the court on Thursday to explain his position on the delay and also violation of the court order.
On October 15, the court had directed BOPEE to grant admission to the candidate in MBBS under reserved category. “For the reasons mentioned, the order passed by the single judge is modified to the extent that the writ petitioner should be granted admission against the seat reserved for PwD, whereas the reservation in general admission as provided for under section32 of the 2018 Act shall be strictly adhered to for all the admissions wherever applicable for the year 2020-21 onwards,” it said.
The court said that the candidates seeking admission to NEET-UG 2019 are entitled to the benefit of 5 percent reservation provided for the persons with specified benchmark disabilities if not under J&K rights of persons with disabilities act, 2018 but under the regulations on graduate medical education amendment, 2017 read with section 32 of the rights of persons with disabilities act, 2016.
It was held by court that the J&K rights of persons with disabilities Act, 2018 whether it applies or not to the admissions for the session 2019-2020 is a redundant piece of legislation.

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