Directs it to admit a student in five-year integrated law course

The Madras High Court Bench here on Tuesday dismissed a writ appeal filed by the Madurai Government Law College challenging an order passed by a single judge on December 19, directing it to admit a student who wavered between a law course and an engineering course before finally deciding to settle down in the law college last year.

A Division Bench comprising Justice K.N. Basha and Justice P. Devadass rejected the appeal on the ground that the single judge, V. Ramasubramanian, had rightly observed that the human mind keeps oscillating from one decision to another and therefore it could not be cited as a reason to refuse admission to a student who had finally chosen to pursue law course rather than engineering.

It was the student’s father, A. Kondaisamy, who had originally filed a writ petition before the single judge last year seeking admission in the law college. According to him, his son was admitted in the five-year B.A.B.L. course during the academic year 2012-13. However, he changed his mind later and left the college to join an engineering course. The student had a change of mind once again and decided to go back to the law college which refused him re-entry.

Allowing the writ petition, the single judge had directed the college to admit the student, subject to reasonable conditions as he had missed the fist semester of the law course and his batch-mates were pursuing the second semester.

The Division Bench said that the appellant had raised only technical objections and practical difficulties which could be overcome by imposing certain conditions on the student. Justice Basha told the college’s counsel that the student could even be asked to clear the first semester examinations within a time frame.

"Don’t discourage people from joining law. It is good that students are now attracted towards this profession. Gone are the days when law colleges used to invite students with a garland. Now there is heavy competition. It is a good trend," the judge said and recorded submission made by the counsel for the writ petitioner that the student could be accommodated in an available vacancy.

  • “The student could even be asked to clear first semester examinations within a timeframe”

  • "It is good that students are now attracted towards this profession”