The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the government should provide scholarships for high school students.
In its judgment, the bench said the government could not give scholarships to students who have already completed their education.
However, the SC said that while the government has the power to provide scholarships, there was no provision to grant scholarships to those who had already completed school.
It was in this context that the court referred to the recent Supreme Court verdict that said there was “no constitutional mandate to grant a scholarship to students with only a high school diploma”.
The court also said that there is no need to provide any scholarships for students who had completed a higher degree.
The apex court had earlier said that it was in the interest of the country that students who were not pursuing higher degrees would be provided scholarships.
The court said that “no one has a right to be denied access to education”.
“This cannot be done,” it said.
The bench also said the issue of providing scholarships to high school graduates is not a mere issue of justice.
“If there is a need to grant financial assistance to high-school graduates, there is an obligation on the government to provide such financial assistance.”
The apex bench said there is “no legitimate ground” for the government providing scholarships for college graduates.
The Supreme Court has already made clear that there was a need for the scholarships to be extended to those graduating from high school.
Earlier this month, the apex court directed the government not to make any attempt to amend the Higher Education Act (HECA) to give scholarships for all those who have completed their higher education.