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Act Against Bogus 'Open School', SC Directs Jharkhand Govt as 371 Students Stare at Uncertain Future

Supreme Court. (Image for representation/AFP)

Supreme Court. (Image for representation/AFP)

The court said it has sympathy with the students but it will cause a greater anomaly to let them pursue their undergraduate courses on the strength of illegal certificates.

The Supreme Court has directed Jharkhand government to take action against ‘Jharkhand State Open School’, a bogus organisation which has put in peril the career of at least 371 students who had approached the court.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University had cancelled admissions of 371 students of the ‘Jharkhand State Open School’ since it was found to be an unrecognised, sham institution offering 10+2 certificates.

The students had come in appeal before the Supreme Court, pointing out that they were punished for no fault on their part since this organisation was included in the list of recognised institutions by the university as well as the state government.

Senior counsel Gopal Sankarnarayanan submitted before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay K Kaul that cancelling admissions of students from the undergraduate course will ruin their career since they will have to complete their 10+2 yet again.

The lawyer further adduced documents to show that the students had pursued their intermediate through ‘Jharkhand State Open School’ as it was enlisted as a valid organisation by not only APJ Abdul Kalam University but by several others too.

The bench, however, said that it would not be just and proper to direct the university for allowing the students to continue when it is an established fact that their certificates were neither valid nor legal.

The court said it has sympathy with the students but it will cause a greater anomaly to let them pursue their undergraduate courses on the strength of illegal certificates.

“We do have sympathy but this is not a case where we can really translate our sympathy to a relief in the present case, more so, in view of the fact that since this exam system is found to be fraudulent, the petitioners before us will never have a recognized plus two status and to give such students the opportunity to get a degree from the University will create a great anomaly,” said the bench.

Even as it declined to give relief to the students, the top court added that it must also fault the university to some extent, which did not carry out an appropriate verification, as also the state government which should have kept a watch for such fraudulent exam systems which operate out of one room.

“We would call upon the University and the State Government to take immediate corrective action and also bring the defaulters to book,” directed the bench.

The court also found substance in Sankarnarayanan’s submission that continuation on the website of the recognition of the Board is not only creating a problem in Jharkhand but also in other Universities, and hence immediate steps should be taken in this behalf.

“We direct all concerned to do the needful within three days from today,” ordered the bench on Monday.