Bias in admissions: Sainik School ordered to form medical board

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 21:21 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed Sainik School, Kapurthala, to constitute a high-power medical board of specialists to look into the allegations of bias in admission to Class 6.

The order is based on the petition of two students whom the medical board of the school had declared unfit. The court directed the school registrar to put reputed eye specialists on the board for a final opinion on the petitioners, and submit a report before the next hearing on July 3. The selections of the two candidates would be subject to this final opinion.

The petitioner had cleared all-India Sainik School written entrance examination in the result that came out on March 20. They also cleared the interview on April 2, but in the medical examination on April 7, were declared permanently unfit on the grounds of colour blindness. Their parents then consulted a doctor for cure and found out that the boys' eyes were normal.

They showed them to specialists in two hospitals.

The parents of 16 students who were declared medically unfit in a similar way then approached the school again, but the review board upheld the earlier findings. Two of the students then moved the high court.

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