HPU VC, Registrar told to appear in HC

Legal Correspondent

Shimla, August 3

The High Court has directed Prof Sikander, Vice-Chancellor of HP University, to be present before the court on August 9 in the matter related to lack of facilities and infrastructure in colleges.

A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua passed the order yesterday on a petition taken up suo motu by the court as a PIL petition on a letter addressed to the Chief Justice by students of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JLN) College of Fine Arts, Shimla.

The court also directed the Registrar to be present on the next date. It has been alleged in the letter that the government started Fine Arts in May 2015 in five rooms of JLN Govt Degree College, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, and 143 students were pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the college.

It was alleged in the letter that the college did not have experienced teachers and proper infrastructure, i.e. labs, workshops, etc.

The court, in its earlier orders, had observed, "The maintenance of the standard of education is a responsibility of the university, but, so far as this college is concerned, the university has miserably failed to do so."

The court had directed the university to furnish information related to the number of colleges that falls within its jurisdiction, the courses being offered in these institutions, the number of students, faculty, the inspection reports of the colleges for the last five years and the existing infrastructure as well as the required infrastructure.

However, the university had failed to provide the information due to this, the court asked the VC and Registrar to appear personally before it on August 9.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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