The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi on a petition of a second-year reserved category student challenging his termination as his performance was allegedly below standard.
Issuing notice, judge Anil Kumar directed the IIT Delhi to file a reply by September 11. Petitioner Kshiteez Kuldeep said the institute deputy registrar had struck him off the rolls on July 18, saying that his cumulative performance was below the required level for continuation.
"His name is struck off the rolls of the institute and this decision has the approval of the chairman and the senate," the termination order said.
Kuldeep, a computer science student, was 66th in the IIT Joint Entrance Examination, the petition said. However, he failed to secure 46 credits compulsory for students belonging to the reserved category at the end of the fourth semester leading to his termination, the petition stated.
In defence of his below standard performance, the petitioner said he was depressed due to the death of his uncle and later his grandfather and, therefore, couldn't concentrate on his studies.
He submitted that he was ready to undergo a lesser punishment - like change of stream or demotion - for not obtaining the mandatory credits.