Kozhikode: The Kerala High Court has directed the University of Calicut not to admit students to its physical education courses in the upcoming academic year.
An admission ban was ruled by the court on a plea filed by former students. They alleged that the Masters in Physical Education (MPEd) and Bachelor in Physical Education (BPEd) courses did not have National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) approval. The appellants, Sharul Banu Rezmin Bhai and Sharanya also demanded compensation from the university. The order was issued by Justices Muhammad Mushtaq and Shobha Annamma Eepan.
In the plea, they told the court that the university continued to admit students and conduct courses despite NCTE stating the courses were illegal. The petitioners also told the court that other teachers training courses of the university also did not have NCTE approval.
University applications for recognition are still with the NCTE. The council, in an affidavit, told the court that these courses were not recognised.
The court said the order would not hamper the university's efforts to get recognition.