The Allahabad High Court has ordered the university’s administration to reimburse a student who was turned down for admission to its master’s program despite passing the entrance exam with Rs 50,000.
According to Justice Ashutosh Srivastava, the university modified the eligibility requirements after the application process for the MA in Women Studies program for the 2022–2023 academic year had started.
The university was ordered by the court to pay student Ajay Singh Rs 50,000 within two weeks.
“The Allahabad University changed the eligibility requirements after the selection process had already started. The petitioner’s case could not be considered under the revised criteria, the court noted.
The petitioner passed the course entrance exam, but his candidacy was denied by the university administration on June 25, 2022, after he was informed on July 29, 2022, due to his failure to meet the requirements.
According to Singh’s petitioner’s attorney, “the rules of the game could not have been changed after the game had begun,” and the university erred in declaring Singh ineligible for admission. He stated that between June 11 and July 1, there was an online registration period for the entrance exam.
The court stated in its ruling on January 10 that the petitioner had submitted an application for admission to the 2022–2023 session. The meeting has already started; in fact, it is about to conclude. “Directing the university to consider the petitioner’s candidature for admission to the MA Women Studies course now would not serve any beneficial purpose,” the statement stated.
The petitioner “has suffered immensely” and was “dragged into unnecessary litigation & was compelled to approach this court on three occasions,” according to the court’s observations.
“The petitioner is entitled to be compensated with costs quantified at Rs 50,000, which shall be payable to the petitioner by the university within a fortnight,” the court continued.