Punjab and Haryana high court has directed two colleges of the city to exempt a sibling belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) from paying fee according to the central government's post-matriculation scholarship scheme.
The court has directed the colleges to admit the students with an immediate effect.
The two students — Chandan Mann, a student of BA (music) final year of Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, and Mamta, a student of BCom (professional) final year of Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women, Jalandhar — were denied admission and were asked to get their admission fee deposited.
The Global Awareness Trust for Awareness of Rights of the Poor, a welfare organization, in a petition demanded that the students should be exempted from paying fee.
Justice GS Sandhawalia had issued a notice to Apeejay College of Fine Arts; Lyallpur Khalsa College for Women; DPI (Colleges), secretary education; secretary, welfare; Punjab and Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar to reply on this by August 4.
Madan Singh, president of the trust, said both the students were asked by their respective colleges to pay admission fee this time.
"The management refused to admit them without fee. Mamta deposited Rs 12,000 fee in the first year and Rs 3,000 the next year while college authorities were demanding full admission fee in the final year. The same thing happened to her brother. The court had condemned the demand for fee from students saying they were not liable to pay fee as per the law and policy," he said.
The court in an interim order maintained that colleges should not insist the students to pay admission fee for the course in future.
Earlier, the vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, had also directed the affiliated colleges to continue the post-matriculation scholarship scheme without any changes.