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Allahabad HC judge says he will pay fees of Dalit student for admission to IIT-BHU

🔴 The student could not pay the fees as her father was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease and was advised to undergo a transplant and needs dialysis twice a week to survive, which led to a financial crisis.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: December 1, 2021 3:32:25 am
Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh (Allahabad High Court website)

A judge of the Allahabad High Court on Monday volunteered to pay Rs 15,000 fees of a Dalit student for her admission to the IIT-BHU in Varanasi after she could not arrange money before the last date of admission due to financial hardship resulting from her father’s illness.

The court asked the 17-year-old student, Sanskriti Ranjan, to report to IIT-BHU within three days, along with the necessary documents for admission.

While hearing the student’s plea, Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh said the court on its own volunteered to contribute Rs 15,000 so that she could pursue her dream of studying at the IIT. The judge also directed the IIT-BHU authorities to create a supernumerary seat – seat above the sanctioned intake — for the Dalit student, so that she should be allowed to continue the course even if no seat falls vacant to accommodate her.

With 92.77 percentile, Sanskriti Ranjan had secured the rank of 2,062. She got a seat in Mathematics and Computing for the 5-year course of Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree) at IIT-BHU.

According to the court order, Ranjan could not pay the fees before the last date of submission due to the economic hardship arising out of her father’s illness and Covid-19 pandemic. Her father, who suffers from kidney disease, needs dialysis twice a week.

It was also brought to the attention of the court that Ranjan and her father wrote several times to the Joint Seat Allocation Authority
seeking an extension of the fees payment deadline, but they received no response.

The HC’s decision comes on the heels of a recent Supreme Court order directing IIT-Bombay to admit a Dalit student after he could not pay the fees on time.

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