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HC directs Panjab University to give girl child quota in all courses

The varsity, so far, is not giving this quota in courses regulated by the Dental Council of India, Bar Council of India, National Council of Technical Education and Medical Council of India.

punjab Updated: Aug 17, 2018 11:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
(HT File )

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed Panjab University (PU) to make provision for girl child quota in all its departments.

The varsity, so far, is not giving this quota in courses regulated by the Dental Council of India (DCI), Bar Council of India (BCI), National Council of Technical Education (NCTE) and Medical Council of India (MCI).

At departments governed by it, the varsity provides reservation to a single girl child and one of the girls to parents with two girl children (no male child). For this, two seats are reserved in every traditional course, mainly in humanities and sciences.

A Jalandhar resident, Eshita Bedi, an applicant for the five-year law course offered by the University Institute of Legal Studies, had challenged the rules for reservation, which state that the benefit of a single girl child or a girl child out of two female children is not admissible to those courses which are regulated by MCI, BCI, DCI and NCTE.

These include courses offered by the Universal Institute of Legal Studies, Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, and University Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The high court bench of justices Mahesh Grover and MS Sindhu observed that the purpose of incorporating such a clause of giving preference to a girl child was not difficult to understand.

“The laudable object as it manifests itself is to encourage the girl children, besides weaning away people from their obsession of having a male child. It is for this reason that a single girl child, as also one from among two girl children, have been singled out for preference,” the high court bench observed.

HC took note of the handbook of information, which says that where two girl children are involved, the preference will be admissible to one of them only if there is no male child. This being the character of preference, it ought to be liberally applied across the board, the bench observed.

The high court allowed the petition of the girl student observing that provisions of PU create an artificial discrimination, which has an effect on cutting into the very object sought to be achieved by the preferential clause for girl children.

The preference should be given in all courses irrespective of regulator, the court directed further asking university to give admission to the girl under the quota, if she is otherwise eligible.

Though the high court direction does not mention whether the order will be applicable to colleges affiliated to PU, same reservation criterion is followed there.

“I am yet to see the order. But an order applicable to PU will be applicable to colleges as well,” controller of examination Parvinder Singh said.

First Published: Aug 17, 2018 11:06 IST