âThe arts and crafts course is a highly practical course and the appointed teachers have to train the students in arts and crafts, which is a practical subject. The Arts and Crafts Diploma is awarded by the Department of Industrial Training and Vocational Education, Haryana, to students attending regular classroom education. Most subjects are practical subjects and their study is not possible through distance education. Kurukshetra University awards the degree in arts and crafts through distance education. This diploma cannot be assimilated to the diploma issued within the framework of regular classroom studies â, argued the SC.
The Supreme Court, however, made special mention in its detailed order that even Kurukshetra University itself clarified that the arts and crafts degree it created by correspondence is not intended to be named. as a teacher of arts and crafts.
A division bench comprising Judge S Abdul Nazeer and Judge Krishna Murari of the SC adopted these orders while overturning the orders of February 22, 2007 issued by the high court of Punjab and Haryana in a case titled Suman Lata et al. v. Haryana State et al.
In this case, the HC considered that, since the diploma issued by Kurukshetra University was recognized by the state government, it was equivalent to the diploma issued by the state industrial training department.
Affected by these orders, some candidates including Devender Bhaskar and others, who had passed diplomas issued in the regular manner by the state industrial training department, had filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.
However, graduates from the university claimed that Kurukshetra University was incorporated under the provisions of the Kurukshetra University Act 1986 and that all qualifications awarded by distance education by this university were automatically recognized for employment in posts and services. under central government. The state government has repeatedly confirmed the two-year arts and crafts course degree offered by Kurukshetra University, they argued.