Govt advisory on admissions in PaK colleges an unjustified diktat: Mirwaiz

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said the cautioning of Kashmiri students against taking admission in colleges in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) was an “unjustified diktat” as the decision has put the career of scores of students in jeopardy.

In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said that the government should not play politics with the career of Kashmiri students. “Those in power should not play politics with the career of Kashmiri students and take back this unreasonable diktat,” Mirwaiz said.

He said that the decision is unfortunate and politicisation of education violates the fundamental right of students to seek education anywhere in the world.

“The decision has put the career of those studying in PaK in jeopardy,” Mirwaiz said.

On May 8, the University Grants Commission issued an order stating that Pakistan Administered Kashmir is an integral part of the Union of India and the educational institutions including universities, medical colleges, technical institutions and other educational institutions situated there are neither established by the Government of India nor recognized by the Statutory authorities such as UGC and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and Medical Council of India.

“Therefore, students are cautioned/advised against taking admission in any college/university/technical institution in any territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan including the PaK and Gilgit Baltistan which are currently not recognized by India,” the order reads.