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Girl alleges KMC turned her away despite selection

Anupriya Gupta accuses KMC of denying her admission even keeping her certificates essential for securing admission to graduate courses for 22 days, barely leaving her with time to join any othercollege, reports Jaya Shroff.
Hindustan Times | By Jaya Shroff, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2007 03:13 AM IST

Kirorimal College authorities denied a girl admission after keeping her academic and sports certificates essential for securing admission to graduate courses for 22 days, barely leaving her with time to join either Miranda House or Daulat Ram College, two other places where she qualified for admission.

The allegation has been made by Anupriya Gupta, who says she was denied admission by Kirorimal College despite she bagging the first position in two rounds of selections under sports category, qualifying for a reserved-category seat, and the authorities’ repeat assurances that she would be admitted.

Anupriya Gupta alleges the college authorities, assuring her admission to Economics-Honours programme, kept her original certificates for 22 days, which is illegal under Delhi University rules. The rules say no college can withhold any original certificate, only asking for them at the time of admission.

Anupriya was hopeful of admission under reserved category after two successful attempts in the ‘sports selections’, under which admission is decided on the basis of a student’s performance in a sporting event. The girl, a national- and state-level sportsperson, alleges the college’s convenor of sports selections, Benu Gupta, assured her admission after she beat bagged the first position in table tennis selections on June 21.

She was asked to submit her original certificates on June 22.

After several rounds of college, Anupriya was called for retrials on July 13. “I again stood first but college authorities refused me admission,” she alleges.

This time, she was returned her original certificates with an assurance from Benu Gupta that the matter would be sorted out. She was asked to return on July 14. Whatever hope of admission had remained in her was dashed that day when she was again refused admission, without being told why. “She also qualified for admissions to Miranda House and Daulat Ram College under sports quota but as Kirorimal authorities had her certificates and assured admission, we waited on,” Pradeep Gupta, her father.

On July 13, when most students were readying for their first day in college, Anupriya was still without admission. In spite of making it to three colleges, she was without a seat. She joined Miranda House on Tuesday, days after the college opened for the new session.

When contacted, Kirorimal Principal Bhim Sen Singh said, “I forwarded the complaint letter two days ago to the Sports Committee, who have the final say in admissions under reserved category.”

Singh said the admissions committee had a meeting on the issue on July 17, but he was still awaiting a response from them.

Benu Gupta refused to comment saying the sports committee takes the final decision. On alleged the candidate in question had misrepresented facts.

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