HC upholds KU stance on gold medals
‘Candidates securing first position in first attempt only entitled to gold medals’
D A RASHID
Srinagar, Nov 14: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has held that candidates securing first position in examinations conducted by the University of Kashmir in first attempt are only entitled to gold medals.
A division bench of the High Court presided over by the Chief Justice MM Kumar while passing the direction on an appeal filed by KU against a single bench order directing for awarding gold medal to a candidate who had secured first position in second attempt in B Pharmacy examination, held that the candidate cannot be given the medal.
The KU authorities had “denied” gold medal to the candidate citing that she had passed the examination in second attempt in 2007.
Additional Advocate General J A Kawoosa contended before the court that in 2006 the candidate left the examination center without writing anything on answer book of 5th ST-3 on the grounds that the paper was ‘Out of Syllabus.’
The examination staff had marked the candidate as absent in the attendance sheet and in the result notification issued by the university on January 6, 2007, she was asked to reappear in the said paper.
The fact, the Court observed, is that the candidate after receiving question paper in examination in August 2006 did not write the paper and left the examination hall protesting against the question paper for being out of syllabus cannot be said to have not appeared in the examination.
“The candidate is not entitled to a gold medal as University statute 10:2 lays down that gold medal would be awarded only when examination is passed in first attempt,” the court held.
Setting aside the writ court order, the DB held: “It is well settled law that courts should not show much alacrity in interfering with affairs of educational institutions when an effort is made by the university to enforce its statutes.”
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