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Way2k 24 Sep 2012
Student moves HC over caste cert denial

East Indian Christian student Samson Correia has moved the Bombay high court challenging the cancellation of his admission for want of a caste certificate.

Student moves HC over caste cert denial 

Correia, a first-year student of Universal College of Engineering, Pune, has contended in his petition that although his community has been officially included in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBC), the tehsildar of Borivli did not issue him a caste certificate since no instructions have so far been given about inclusion of the community in the OBC list.
Last year, Universal College granted Correia provisional admission to the Electrical Engineering course on the condition that he would furnish a caste certificate. Accordingly, his family members applied for the certificate in July 2010, citing the government resolution (GR) issued by the state government in March 2006 of including the community in the list of OBCs.

However, the tehsildar expressed his inability to process the application, saying he had not received any instructions regarding inclusion of the East Indian Christian community in the OBC list. On January 31, 2011, the college issued Correia an ultimatum to obtain a caste certificate within a month, failing which his admission would be cancelled.
Ultimately, the Directorate of Technical Education cancelled his admission on March 1 for want of a caste certificate.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate S Dighe argued, "The authorities have been delaying the issuance of the certificate because of which the admission of the student has been cancelled. His exams are ongoing and because of the delay, the student is suffering. The court should take a lenient view as it is a matter of one crucial year of a student."
On Tuesday, 7th June 2011 additional government pleader GW Mattos sought time to file an affidavit in reply to the petition. "I will have to go through the papers and then file my reply accordingly. Thus I would require time for it," he said. The bench has adjourned the matter till June 13.

Courtesy:DNA India

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