Srinagar, Jul 26 (ILNS) The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed the University of Kashmir to call the petitioner, a law graduate, for the award of a gold medal at the 19th Annual Convocation to be held on July 27, 2021, at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), Srinagar.
The petitioner Atir Javed Kawoosa, who appeared-in-person, contended that he is a merit holder and secured the first position in B.A. LL.B. five years integrated course batch 2014-2019. The examinations of the said course were held in November-December 2019 and the result was declared on February 17, 2020.
The Deputy Registrar Tabulation had on March 17, 2020 Communicated to Joint Registrar (General) the University of Kashmir forwarded the list of position holders in order of merit of the candidates of B.A, LL. B. Batch, 2014-2019, in which the name of the petitioner is figuring at Serial No. 1 and has been shown to have secured the first position in the examination and even the merit certificate has also been issued in his favor dated September 12, 2020 certifying that he is eligible for award of University Gold Medal for securing the first position in B.A., LL.B. Batch 2014. The certificate further reveals that the gold medal shall be awarded in the upcoming University Convocation.
It is further contended that the University vide Notification dated July 16, 2021 invited applications from merit holders to get themselves registered for attending the 19th Annual Convocation which is going to be held in the last week of July 2021 at SKICC Srinagar. The notice further reveals that the meritorious candidates, who have secured 1st position in the list in the examination given in the notification since September 2012, will also be admitted to the convocation for the award of gold/silver medals and cash prizes.
The case of the petitioner is, that he had submitted an online application form for attending the 19th Annual Convocation on July 16, 2021. The University issued a Notification on July 20, 2021, in which private respondents have been selected for the upcoming Annual Convocation. The notification further reveals that private respondents were asked to get themselves registered online for the University Convocation. The said communication was issued prior to the last date of submitting online forms i.e. July 23, 2021.
The petitioner feeling aggrieved of the action of the respondent-University for not calling him to attend the 19th Annual Convocation as well as not selecting for the Convocation approached the High Court challenging the said Communications.
A single-judge bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan issued notice to the respondents. “In the meanwhile, subject to objections, respondent-University is directed to call the petitioner for the award of a gold medal at the 19th Annual Convocation to be held on 27th July 2021 at SKICC, Srinagar, having regard to the certificate issued by the Joint Registrar (General), University of Kashmir, provided the petitioner has secured the first position in B.A., LL. B, Batch, 2014,” the order reads.
The High Court posted the matter on August 6 for further hearing./ILNS/SNG