The University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified the students against securing admissions in the institutions located in PoK (Pak occupied Kashmir) with a reason that it is an integral part of India and Pakistan has occupied it illegitimately.
The educational institutions located across PoK include universities, medical colleges, and technical institutions. Neither of them is accredited by any regulatory body of India, such as University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Medical Council of India (MCI), etc. It was clearly mentioned in the notification issued by UGC Secretary Professor Rajnish Jain on 8th May.
The notification added, “Therefore, students are cautioned/ advised against taking admission in any college/ university/ technical institution in any territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan including the so-called AJK and Gilgit Baltistan, which are currently not recognized in India.”
According to Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, UGC has violated the fundamental right of taking education from anywhere in the world by issuing such a directive. This notification has put the career of students taking education from PoK-based colleges in uncertainty and jeopardy.
It has been recorded that a large number of Kashmiri students take admission in Pakistan-based colleges every year, especially for medical education. However, there are very few students who choose PoK-based colleges as their destination. The Pakistani colleges reserve seats unser special quota for Kashmiri students.
Mirwaiz urged the Indian government and UGC to withdraw this unreasonable order and stop playing politics that can spoil the career of Kashmiri students. Kashmiri students, like any other students across the globe, should have the right to choose the place from where they want to gain education. He also mentioned that it doesn’t make sense to prohibit the students from taking education from the institutions that are positioned at Pak-administered Kashmir. After the enactment of cross LOC trade restriction, which has hampered the traders as well as economy badly, it also seems a regressive move by the government affecting the career of the students.