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Student can be barred from admission for wasting seat: HC

Access to education, Vocational Training

A student dropping out in the middle of a professional course can be barred from taking admission in the same course again till completion of the programme because it results in wastage of a precious seat and opportunity for another meritorious candidate, the Delhi High Court has said.

A bench of justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and G P Mittal upheld the decision of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University refusing to induct a candidate in Post Graduate in Medicine on the ground that he had dropped out in the previous academic year.

The court dismissed the plea of Dr Muveen Kumar who had challenged the University’s decision to debar him from taking admission. His plea was earlier dismissed by a single judge bench order of the high court.

The single judge had said “such an embargo is in larger public interest so that the precious seat in the Post Graduate Medical Course does not go waste.”

Kumar had opted out of the PG course in the field of ENT, six months after taking admission as he wanted to pursue his studies in some other stream. He re-appeared for the entrance test and qualified for the same but the University refused to induct him.

Dismissing his plea the court said “though such a restriction is undoubtedly harsh it cannot be viewed in isolation as through this restriction a greater objective in the larger public interest, to see that the precious medical seat does not go waste, is being achieved.”

The Indian Express, June 21, 2011

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