Students cannot be stopped from appearing at an admission counselling, if they couldn’t reach at the assigned time due to reasons beyond their control, the Delhi High Court has ruled.
The ruling is of a huge benefit to the large number of aspirants who come to Delhi all alone from other states.
According to the present rules, followed by Delhi University and various centrally controlled professional courses, candidates lose their seats if they fails to turn up for counselling on specified date or time whatever be the reason.
Justice R.S. Endlaw’s ruling came in cases where two aspirants for medical science courses could not make it to the counselling on time due to such reasons and moved court when authorities refused to entertain their plea to condone delay.
Sudheer Pandey missed the counselling session after his train from Allahabad was three hours late on August 4. Saurabh, coming from Mumbai, suffered severe abdominal pain after reaching Delhi and had to be admitted in AIIMS.
R.K. Saini, the lawyer appearing as legal aid for economically weak Pandey, submitted in court that train getting late was a factor beyond one’s control.
Saini said the counselling was on till August 12 and the authorities could easily accommodate Pandey if they took a humanitarian view.
Issuing a direction to AIPMT authorities the court said : “The court has the power, if it finds that a candidate was prevented for reasons beyond his control, to allow him/her to appear for counselling.”