The Punjab and Haryana high court has barred Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Guru Kashi University, Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), from carrying out admissions for subsequent academic sessions without first obtaining the mandatory sanction from the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC).
At the same time, the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli also ordered that the Fatehgarh Sahib varsity would not award degrees for Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) and Master of Physical Education (MPEd) courses without the mandatory sanction.
The court also directed the UGC to take a decision, one way or the other, on the Fatehgarh Sahib varsity’s application within a maximum period of one month. The university has also been directed by the court that it would put up a notice for students that as on date it had not obtained sanction from the competent authority though it was making an endeavour to obtain the same.
VARSITIES ILLEGALLY OFFERING COURSES: PIL
The directions came on a public interest litigation filed by advocate RD Anand. The petitioner had alleged that the Fatehgarh Sahib and Talwandi Sabo universities were illegally offering courses in physical education and education as these courses are not recognised by the NCTE.
The petitioner had informed the court that these universities were misleading students who are joining these courses. The court was infor med that Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University was offering “illegal” courses in BPEd and MPEd while Guru Kashi University did not have NCTE recognition for BPEd, Master of Education (MEd) and Master of Arts (MA) courses.
The petitioner had contended that both the universities were under a misconception that in view of them being private universities under the state Act no approvals were required from the NCTE.
However, the counsel appearing for the UGC had conceded before the court that the sanction to the universities to award a degree could even be granted post facto.
Guru Kashi University had infor med the court that since permission had not been obtained, the varsity had not started any courses except BPEd course, which they were entitled to start in view of a UGC communication of November 27, 2013.