Allahabad HC Pays Seat Allocation Fees of Eligible Student in Financial Distress
The Allahabad High Court in Sanskriti Ranjan vs Joint Seat Allocation Authority Thru. Org. Chairman Jee & Ors– Misc. Single No. – 27843 of 2021 – directed respondent to admit the petitioner-student on court expenses to IIT BHU who lost the B.Tech seat despite qualifying for it owing to personal financial crisis.
A single bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh held:
this Court seeking equity jurisdiction to enable to pursue her dream of getting admitted in the I.I.T., this Court on its own has volunteered to contribute Rs.15,000/- the fee for allocation of the seat. The said amount has been handed over to the petitioner after court hours today itself.
The petitioner, following the counselling, was allotted a seat at I.I.T. (B.H.U.) Varanasi for Mathematics and Computing – 5 years, Bachelor and Master of Technology. However, owing to financial distress, she failed to arrange the fees of Rs. 15000/- for confirmation of her seat. The respondent had accordingly cancelled her admission. Aggrieved, the petitioner approached the Allahabad High Court seeking justice to pursue her dream career.
The counsel for the petitioner stated that the petitioner was a bright student who secured 95.6% marks in 10th and 94% marks in 12th. She appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination for selection in the I.I.Ts. and securing 92.77 percentile marks and a rank of 2062 under the S.C. Category Candidate successfully cleared the examination. Nevertheless, following her father’s diagnosis of chronic kidney disease and the resulting expenses, she was unable to arrange the said amount for seat confirmation.
The counsel of the petitioner cited the case of Prince Jaibir Singh vs Union of India & Ors. (Civil Appeal No.6983 of 2021) wherein the Supreme Court considering the career prospect of a young student who had almost lost the seat allotted to him in I.I.T. Bombay had directed the institute to admit the said candidate to I.I.T. Bombay and allocate a seat to him by creating a supernumerary seat.
The court upon considering the circumstances directed the authorities at IIT BHU to admit the petitioner in Mathematics and Computing (5 years, Bachelor and Master of Technology).
Further, the court stated that:
If there is no seat vacant in the said discipline, I.I.T. B.H.U. is directed to create a supernumerary post, which shall be subject to the admission of the petitioner being regularized in the event of any seat falling vacant in future as a result of exigency which may arise in the course of admission process. If no seat falls vacant, the petitioner shall continue her studies for Mathematics and Computing (5 years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) course against a supernumerary seat.
In conclusion, the court asked the petitioner to report at IIT BHU within a period of three days from the day of the order with relevant papers and fee for getting herself admitted to the Mathematics and Computing (5 years, Bachelor and Master of Technology) course.
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