A student's failure to join IIT after clearing its entrance test and blocking a seat after duly paying the admission registration fee for it renders him ineligible to take another entrance test next year as such an act leads to a colossal wastage of the institutes' financial and other resources, the Delhi High Court has ruled.
Justice Hima Kohli has upheld the decision of the IIT authorities that students who leave a course after confirming their admission will not be allowed to appear in the next joint entrance examination (JEE).
The court’s order came while dismissing a plea filed by Prateek Rohilla who withdrew his admission to IIT-Madras after paying the registration fee in 2011. Rohilla wanted to appear in the IIT-JEE-2012 scheduled for April 8. The court said that such attempts by candidates, who once qualified in IIT-JEE and later sought to withdraw from the seat allocated to them, resulted in immense financial strain on the institute.
“In this attempt, the institute would have to keep a seat vacant not just in the first year but right through the course that may extend up to five years as in the present case,” Justice Kohli said in an order passed last week.
“Apart from this, the course is extremely prestigious and every seat is precious and cannot be permitted to be wasted in such a manner,” the court said refusing to accept Rohilla’s petition. Rohilla moved the court against the IIT’s decision after it informed him that he cannot reappear for IIT-JEE 2012 exam as he withdrew his admission last year after paying the registration fee.
In 2011, Rohilla after qualifying in the IIT-JEE under the Scheduled Castes category got
admission in engineering design (automotive engineering), a five-year M-Tech dual degree course at IIT-Madras. By making an online payment, he deposited INR 20,000 towards non-refundable registration fees and confirmed the admission but did not turn up at IIT-Madras to attend classes. Later, Rohilla applied again for the 2012 IIT entrance test under the general category. On this, IIT-Delhi, organising the test, informed him on March 17 that his application for IIT-JEE-2012 stood cancelled as he was ineligible.
Source: Deccan Chronicle