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Can’t sit for JEE if you opt out of IIT

NEW DELHI: Students who leave an IIT course midway can be barred from taking the next year's entrance examination, the Delhi high court has said.

Justice Hima Kohli upheld the decision of IIT authorities to refuse admit card to one Prateek Rohilla, who withdrew his admission to Indian Institute of Technology Madras after paying the registration fee last year. Rohilla wanted to appear in the IIT-JEE-2012 scheduled for April 8.

HC agreed with the argument of IIT authorities that such attempts by candidates, who once qualify in IIT-JEE and later seek to withdraw the seat allocated to them, resulted in immense financial strain on the institute. "In this attempt, the institute would have to keep a seat vacant not just in the first year but right through the course that may extend up to five years as in the present case," the court said.

"Apart from this, the course is extremely prestigious and every seat is precious and cannot be permitted to be wasted in such a manner," it said, refusing to accept Rohilla's petition.

Rohilla moved the court against the IIT decision after it informed him that he cannot reappear for IIT-JEE 2012 exam as last year he withdrew his admission after paying the registration fee. In 2011, Rohilla after qualifying in the IIT-JEE under the scheduled castes category got admission in engineering design (automotive engineering), a five-year M-Tech dual degree course at IIT-Madras.

By making an online payment, Rohilla deposited Rs 20,000 towards non-refundable registration fees and confirmed the admission but did not turn up at IIT-Madras to attend classes. Later, he again applied for the 2012 IIT entrance test under the general category. On his application IIT-Delhi, organizing the test, informed him that his application stood cancelled as he was ineligible.

News: TimesofIndia

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