Govt body advises JK, Ladakh students against taking admission in PoK colleges

Public advisory says educational institutions established there “not recognised” by India

Govt body advises JK, Ladakh students against taking admission in PoK colleges

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Ishfaq Tantry
Tribune News Service
Srinagar, June 3

A public advisory by the Government authorities has urged the students from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to avoid taking admissions in any technical or non-technical courses in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoJK) as the educational institutions established there are “not recognised” by India.

In a public advisory, the All India Council for the Technical Education (AICTE)—an apex statutory body in the country to regulate the technical education in India—has urged the students from the newly carved out J&K & Ladakh Union Territories not to seek admissions PoK & Gilgit Baltistan colleges.

Last year in December 2019, the J&K High Court had granted relief to Kashmiri woman student who obtained her Medical Degree from a College in PoK.

After the Medical Council of India (MCI) had withheld Hadiya Chisti's registration, the J&K high court in its judgment had asked the MEA to consider her case because 'PoK is part of India'.

“Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is an integral part of the Union of India and the educational institutions including universities, medical colleges, and technical educational institutions situated in PoJK are neither established by Government of India nor recognised by statutory authorities such as University Grants Commission (UGC), AICTE and Medical Council of India (MCI) etc,” reads the public notice by Member Secretary AICTE, and published in newspapers here Tuesday.

“Therefore the students are advised/cautioned against taking admission in any college, university, or technical institutions, for courses in engineering and technology, architecture, town planning, pharmacy, hotel management and catering technology, applied arts, crafts and design, management, computer applications, and travel and tourism and other courses for which advisories are issued by various other regulatory bodies under the government of India in the territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan including the so-called Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan, which are currently not recognized in India,” the notice further reads.

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