KERALA

Women's college principal directed to admit student

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Sept. 26. The Kerala Lok Ayukta has given an interim order, directing the principal, Government College for Women, Vazhuthacaud, to give provisional admission to a student who had been denied a seat earlier by the College.

The principal has been further directed by the Lok Ayukta to request the University of Kerala to sanction an additional seat for the course and that the provisional admission may be regularised or discontinued on the basis of the decision of the varsity Syndicate.

The Kerala Lok Ayukta gave this decision in a complaint filed by Yashodharan of Venganoor, who alleged that his daughter had been denied admission to the degree course in the College, though she was an eligible candidate.

The complainant's daughter Yamuna had applied for admission to the B.A (History) course at the Government College for Women. She was ranked 228 in the waiting list initially and later her ranking went up to 4. She was asked to appear for an interview on August 30. It was also notified that admissions would be closed on that day.

The complainant and his daughter went to the college on August 30 and waited till 9 p.m. after which they left. The complainant alleged that later, he had come to know that candidates who were lower in the rank list than Yamuna had been given admission. He alleged that the selection procedure was unjust and discriminatory and that his daughter had been denied a seat to which she was entitled.

The principal of the College in her counter affidavit said that eligible candidates were admitted according to their merit in the rank list. She contended that the girl's name had been called for the interview at around 9-30 p.m. on August 30, but that none appeared on her behalf. Hence, the next candidate after Yamuna was given priority.

The Lok Ayukta pointed out that the candidates had not been notified earlier that they were required to wait indefinitely for their chance. In the absence of such an intimation, it was not proper and reasonable on the part of the college authorities to conduct interview at odd times and to deny admission to an eligible candidate, just because they failed to respond to the name-call at a particular moment, it observed.

The investigation into the complaint and the practice followed by authorities in admission requires to be scrutinised, after hearing the university authorities also, the Lok Ayukta observed. The complaint has been posted for further hearing on October 27.

Vinoj Rajan and N. Akbar appeared as counsels on behalf of the complainant.

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