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Court raps Himachal gov for making Jhandutta college a joke

himachal high-courtHimachal high court on Wednesday rapped Himachal government for running the Jhandutta government degree college from the school building .

The Court directed the respondents to file a detailed reply along with the present status and steps required to be taken with time frame by or before August 4, when the matter will again be listed.

The girl students of the college in a complaint written to the Chief Justice, had alleged that the college lacked basic facilities and has no building and toilets. It said that the College was opened in June 2007 in two rooms of the Senior Secondary School, Jhandutta. The stone of the new building was laid in September 2008 by the then Chief Minister, but since then the construction of College building is incomplete.

The complaint said that the college is still being run from two rooms of the School, two rooms of the BRC building and three rooms hired by the PTA on rent along the thoroughfare. There is no toilet for the students and they have to go to the School’s toilet, to which the School authorities sometimes object. Thus the students are being deprived of the most basic facilities even as they are paying highest PTA fund in the entire State. They have requested the State govt. many times to address the issue, but to no avail.

The High Court of H.P. has issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Education), Pr. Secretary (Public Works), Secretary (Finance), Director (Higher Education), D.C., Bilaspur, Dy. Director of Higher Education, Bilaspur, Principal, Govt. Degree College, Jhandutta on the issue of lack of basic facilities for the students of Govt. Degree College, Jhandutta .

A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a letter written to the Chief Justice by 108 students of the College.

The Court directed the respondents to file a detailed reply alongwith the present status and steps required to be taken with time frame by or before August 4, when the matter will again be listed.

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