Educational institutes with deficiencies in infrastructure or teaching facilities should not admit students and such lapses affecting the quality of education would be viewed seriously, the Bombay high court ruled on Friday.
The order came while hearing a petition by the Ganga Education Society which runs an ayurvedic medical college in Kolhapur.
Declining the society’s request to grant relief to 76 first and second year students, a division bench of justices Abhay Oka and Gautam Patel said educational institutes must stop approaching the high court seeking relief in the name of students after authorities issue them orders for deficiencies.
The society had moved the high court after the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) disallowed its students to appear for their semester examination scheduled on July 23. The MUHS declined permission in view of the orders issued in 2011 by AYUSH (department of Indian systems of medicine and homoeopathy) which directed the society not to admit students because of infrastructure deficiencies.
On Wednesday, when the society’s advocate Dilip Bodake asked the court to reconsider their order as it would ultimately affect the students, the judges said they would consider granting interim relief to them only if the institute refunded everything it had received from the students.
The judges also asked Bodake to either argue the petition on merit or unconditionally withdraw it and accept the orders passed by AYUSH. This would mean closing down the institute until it acquires all permissions.
The court also warned that if the case was not argued on a merit basis, a heavy cost would be imposed on the society and it be asked to pay reasonable compensation to students and the state.
The hearing will continue on Monday when Bodake is expected to inform the court about the society’s decision.