AICTE directives on admission in PaK colleges against SAARC principles: PSAJK

Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Wednesday said that AICTE directive asking students from Jammu and Kashmir not to take admission in educational institutes in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) negates the basic principle of SAARC cooperation.

“India is part of SAARC group and all educational institutes in all the countries should be treated at par. One cannot pick and choose educational institutes in a particular region,” chairman PSAJK G N Var said in a press release.

The association said that besides impacting education to hundreds of students it will also have serious ramification in larger run.

“The SAARC group and all associated agreements have been honoured through many decades and hostile conditions including war and suddenly barring PaK educational institutes in PaK is beyond comprehension,” it said.

The association also called on the government to keep educations out of ambit of politics.

“Education should be a neutral zone and no politics should be played on it. We have already lost a lot due to mixing of politics and education here,” it said.

The association said that PaK has some good professional institutes and it is choice of students to take admission wherever he likes.

“One should not force political decisions on students. Such a direction will mar the career of hundreds of students. It is high time educational institutes are kept apolitical for the betterment of our future generations,” it said.