‘Student,blocking IIT seat,not eligible to take JEE next yr’

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.

Published:April 5, 2012 9:04 pm

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 gave the ruling,dismissing the plea of one Prateek Rohilla,who had blocked a five-year,M Tech course seat in Engineering Design (Automotive Engineering) at IIT Madras by duly paying the admission registration fees of Rs 20,000 after clearing the IIT’s Joint Entrance Examination (IIT JEE) in 2011.

After blocking the seat,Rohilla never joined the Institute and wanted,instead,to take another IIT JEE in 2012 to better his result for a course of his choice.

He had come to the high court challenging the IIT-Delhi decision to debar him from taking that 2012 IIT JEE.

“Any course at Indian Institute of Technology is extremely prestigious and every seat is precious and cannot be permitted to be wasted in such a manner,” said Justice Kohli,referring to the Rohilla’s failure to pursue course after blocking a seat.

In its ruling,the court concurred with the IIT counsel’s argument that such acts of students “results in an immense financial strain upon the institute,which has to keep a seat vacant not just in the first year,but right through the course that may extend up to 5 years as in the present case.”

Dismissing Rohilla’s plea,the court also upheld the IIT admission regulations which stipulated in the information brochure for IIT-JEE,2012 that candidates,who have taken admission or accepted the admission by paying registration fee at any of the IITs in 2011,are not eligible to appear in 2012 entrance examination.

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