Student blocking IIT seat can’t appear for JEE again,says HC

Court underlines that not a single seat at IIT should go waste due to whims of candidates.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 6, 2012 2:46:58 am

Underlining that not a single seat at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) should go waste due to whims of candidates,the Delhi High Court has upheld a 2011 admission regulation of the IIT,restraining students from reappearing in the entrance test after accepting admission.

The court found merit in IIT’s submission that this criteria was laid down to act as a deterrent for candidates who,having once qualified in its Joint Entrance Examination (JEE),seek to withdraw from seats allocated to them.

“Such attempt on their part results in immense financial strain upon the institute,which 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. The course in question is extremely prestigious and every seat is precious and cannot be permitted to be wasted in such a manner,” Justice Hima Kohli said.

The court made the observations while dismissing the plea of a candidate who had blocked a five-year M Tech course seat in Engineering Design (Automotive Engineering) at IIT Madras by paying the admission registration fees after clearing the JEE-2011.

After blocking the seat,he never joined the institute and wanted,instead,to sit for JEE-2012 to improve his result for a course of his choice. After his request for reappearing in the 2012 examination was turned down by IIT-Delhi,he moved a plea in the court,challenging this decision.

The court upheld the IIT stipulation in the Counselling Brochure that laid down: “All candidates who accept the offer of admission by paying registration fee will become ineligible for appearing in JEE 2012 or later. Fees once paid will not be refunded. Candidates once admitted to a particular institute cannot be transferred to another participating institute.”

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