The Punjab and Haryana high court’s intervention has opened IIT doors for a Karnal student.
Nayan Bansal, who had secured 13,060th rank in the Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) advanced had failed to get admission in any of the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) or Indian School of Mines (ISM) in the six rounds of counselling conducted by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) and the IIT Guwahati, the organising chairman of the JEE advanced (2016). However, seeing that seats were vacant in several IITs after counselling was over on July 20, the student had represented to authorities to give him admission in any of the college, where seats were lying vacant. As his representation was not heeded to, he approached the high court on July 28 with the same prayer seeking directions to admit him against any of the vacant seat.
This year, of the total 9,660 seats in IITs, as many as 73 seats have remained vacant after six rounds of counselling. In ISM, as per government report in high court, 23 seats had remained vacant out of total 912 due to non-joining of candidates, who were allotted these seats.
The high court held that the petition of the student deserved to be allowed and directed that the student be preferably admitted in IIT Ropar, since there was a seat vacant at the institute.
The high court bench of justice GS Sandhawalia took note of the various previous judgments passed by the high court in such matters and also that at the time of filling in choice of institutes the student had locked all the 233 choices in all 23 IITs/ISM in all disciplines/streams on July 29, thereby “showing his willingness” to join the BTech and other allied courses any of the institute.
For future, the high court bench advised the IITs to fill all the seats lying vacant even after completion of the last round of counselling by resorting to spot round counselling.