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Students should now be very careful in filling online forms while selecting their institutes for engineering diploma courses. If a wrong button is pressed, the choice would automatically get locked, and the student has to study compulsorily in a college obviously not of his choice, though his choice was very much available. On such case came from Bhavnagar to Gujarat high court, and the court refused to interfere in the matter, saying that though court has full sympathy, the procedure laid down in educational institution does not have place for any sympathy.
An automobile engineering student, Shubham Mahendrabhai Patel, wanted transfer from Shri NM Gopani Polytechnic, Ranpur, to Sir Bhavsinhji Polytechnic Institute, Vidyanagar. In 2010, Shubham had pressed a wrong button and got admission in the Ranpur college. He sought transfer to a Vidyanagar college, but his request was turned down. Finally, Shubhams grandfather filed a petition in the high court requesting the court to shift the boy to a college near his home, which would solve many of their family problems. During the hearing, it was also submitted that Shubham had committed a minor mistake, but before he pressed the button to finalise his choice, the wrong option was locked automatically. On the other hand, the Admission Committee told the court that Shubhams choice remained unlocked due to some mistake and was not considered. The division bench of justices A. L. Dave and J. B. Pardiwala also observed that there was some error committed by Shubham himself in operating the online system. Though we have all sympathy for the student, having regard to the circumstances but sympathy or sentiment by itself cannot be a ground for passing an order in relation whereto the student has miserably failed to establish a legal right, the court observed. The court further said “The court ordinarily would not pass an order which would be in contravention of a policy, more particularly in matters of admission to colleges”. While construing a policy in educational institutions where a procedure has been prescribed, sympathy has no role to play.
Courtesy: Times of India
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