HC Refuses to Quash GO 2004 on Minimum Land for Schools

The Madras High Court has refused to quash a GO dated July 21, 2004 of the School Education department.

Published: 12th March 2016 08:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th March 2016 08:16 PM   |  A+A-

Chennai: The Madras High Court has refused to quash a GO dated July 21, 2004 of the School Education department, which prescribed the minimum land needed for grant of recognition to unrecognised schools.

Justice R Subbiah upheld the GO while dismissing a writ petition from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetathipathi Jayendra Saraswathy Sankara Matriculation School, filed by its Correspondent Dr KR Balasubramaniam, in Pulivalam village, Tiruvarur district.
Earlier, the additional advocate general,

PH Arvind Pandiyan, assisted by the additional government pleader P Sanjay Gandhi submitted that the government had taken a policy decision to review the impugned order and to suggest modification, if any, by constituting a panel.

The panel was formed under the chairmanship of the Director of School Education with other officials as it's members, including the Director of Matriculation Schools. The panel was yet to submit its report.

By an order passed recently, the first Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh, accepted the submission of the government that if the 746 unrecognised matriculation schools in the State did not fulfill the norms prescribed for infrastructure and other facilities including land area, they would face the danger of closure by the end of this academic year (2015-16) and disposed of the PIL.

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