HC imposes Rs 60,000 cost on Rajiv Gandhi College of Nursing

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 4: State High Court has imposed Rs 60,000 cost on Rajiv Gandhi College of Nursing, Chak Bhalwal for making admission of students in violation of University Statutes. However, the High Court regularized the admission of three students as one time exception by taking into account the fact that these students have already completed BSc Nursing Course.
Rajiv Gandhi College of Nursing had moved a petition for regularizing the admissions of three out of five students, who were admitted to three years BSc Nursing Course under the court order dated August 20, 2013.
Advocate Wasim Sadiq Nargal, counsel for the University of Jammu, contended that five candidates, who were admitted pursuant to court order, were in fact the candidates who had never applied in terms of the notification for admission within the period of time stipulated therein and that the petitioner college had admitted the candidates on their own.
Advocate Amit Gupta appearing for the petitioner college submitted that in view of three out of five candidates having completed three years course, it would be in the interest of justice that their admissions be regularized and their results ordered to be declared on such terms as the court may deem fit and proper so that the future of the candidates doesn’t suffer.
On this, Advocate Wasim Sadiq Nargal stated that University would not oppose such a direction subject to the condition that exemplary cost be imposed on the petitioner college for making admissions in derogation of the notification for admission and the University Statutes.
After hearing counsels for both the sides, Justice B S Walia dismissed the petition with the observations that the career of the students would be seriously jeopardized taking into account the fact that the students were admitted to three years B.Sc. Nursing Course under order of this court and have since completed the course, it would be in the interest of justice, if their admissions are regularized by the University and their results declared within four weeks from today.
However, keeping in view the fact that the admissions were made by the petitioner-college in derogation of the notification for admission and the University Statutes, the High Court directed the petitioner college to deposit sum of Rs 20,000 per student admitted in derogation of the notification for the admission and the University Statutes as exemplary costs to be paid to the University of Jammu.
“This order shall not be treated as a precedent in future and shall be treated as a one-time exception. On costs being deposited by the petitioner-college with the University of Jammu, the University of Jammu shall take steps to regularize the admissions of students, who were admitted, declare their results within four weeks from the date of deposit of the amount in question and to issue them degrees in respect of the course undertaken by the candidates as per rules subject to their having passed the examination in question”, Justice Walia further directed.

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