HC raps govt over sorry state of colleges

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November 6, 2013 | NEWS | Post by: admin

Chandigarh, November 5
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has said while the government was monitoring the functioning of private colleges in the state, its own colleges were in a shambles.

The strictures by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih came in connection with the deteriorating condition of Patiala Government College of Ayurvedic.

The Bench minced no words to say: “We must regretfully note that no endeavour is being made by the state government to even meet the minimum requirements for affiliation of this government college. On the one hand, the government seeks to check the functioning of private colleges while on the other hand, its own colleges are in a pitiable state”.

The Bench also directed Secretary, Department of Medical Education and Research, to remain present in the court on the next date of hearing along with the records to underscore steps taken after inspection to remedy the deficiencies.

The Secretary has also been asked to specify how much funds have been allocated and spent for removing deficiencies. Leaving nothing to surmises, the Bench has also called for the production of “photographs of the deficient facilities having been remedied”. An affidavit in the matter is also to be filed.

The matter was brought under the judicial scanner by Tejinder Singh. His counsel Aalok Jagga told the Court that teachers deployed in the college were “not considered appropriate as per the current norms”. Combined with lack of infrastructure, it was one of the impediments in the grant of affiliation. Taking up the petition against the Union of India and other respondents, the Bench referred to an affidavit filed by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, AYUSH Department.

Asserting that the affidavit “painted a sorry picture of the college”, the Bench said: “It has been stated that in spite of being granted repeated opportunities, the college has failed to comply with the conditions and this resulted in the decision of college not being permitted to admit students for the academic session 2011-12.

“The position continued for academic session 2012-13, even on re-inspection. Insofar as the current year is concerned, an inspection has been carried out for the academic session 2013-14, and the inspection report does not recommend grant of conditional permission for the concerned academic year….

“The result of the aforesaid is that there appears to be no hope even for the next academic session unless some immediate steps are taken…”

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