Punjab

HIGH COURT STAYS ADMISSION TO SIX YEARS B.SC. COURSE AT PAU LUDHIANA

October 15, 2020 08:39 PM

  Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal) 

A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Justice A.G. Masih and Justice Ashok Verma today stayed the finalisation of admission to 6 years B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture course at Institute of agriculture at Gurdaspur, a centre of Punjab agricultural University Ludhiana and issued notice to the university for October 28, 2020. 

This order was passed by the bench on a petition filed by Jasnimrat Kaur and 11 other students, who had challenged the provisional allotment list uploaded by the PAU Ludhiana on September 26, for admission to the said course for the session 2020–2021 being in derogation of rule of merit and had sought direction to the University to reframe/revise the list by including their names who are having more merit and higher ranking in the Agriculture Aptitude Test. 

It was contended by Kapil Kakkar and Shreesh Kakkar, counsel for the petitioners that in the AAT test conducted by the university on August 30 the petitioners were placed in higher ranking than those whose names have been included by the university in the provisional allotment list on September 26, 2020 but still their claim for admission to the course was not being considered by the university on the ground that they had filled up Agriculture Institute at Bathinda as their priority. 

It was contended by Kapil Kakkar and Shreesh Kakkar, counsel for the petitioners that in the AAT test conducted by the university on August 30 the petitioners were placed in higher ranking than those whose names have been included by the university in the provisional allotment list on September 26, 2020 but still their claim for admission to the course was not being considered by the university on the ground that they had filled up Agriculture Institute at Bathinda as their priority. 

It was further contended by Kakkar that the rule of merit cannot be compromised, particularly when higher the competition, greater is the duty on the part of the university and merit alone should be the criteria of admission to professional courses and circumvention of merit is not only impermissible but also abuse of the process of law. It was submitted that petitioners nowhere stated that they are not interested to go to Gurdaspur and priority does not mean that they can be denied admission despite their high-ranking and as such the action of the university was unjust and violative of article 14 of the Constitution of India.

 
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