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Chennai: The High Court has ordered Anna University to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to a student who was denied admission to the BRC course on the grounds that she did not qualify in the ‘NATA’ qualifying examination.
The Supreme Court has stayed the 2008 order passed by the Council of Architecture making it mandatory to pass the ‘NATA’ qualifying examination for B.Arch course.
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However, as many states insisted on the necessity of ‘NATA’ qualifying examination, the Council of Architecture in a circular issued on June 15, 2017, stated that there is no need to insist on ‘NATA’ qualifying examination for PRK course, and PRK admission can be granted on the basis of qualifying examinations including JEE.
In this case, a student named Amrutha who scored 226 marks out of 390 marks in the JEE examination, was denied admission to the BRC course on the grounds that she did not pass the ‘NATA’ qualifying examination. In 2017, the High Court heard the case filed by the student against it and ordered compensation to be paid to the victim.
In this case, Judge R. Subramanian, who heard this case which has been pending since 2017, said in the judgment:
Architecture Council announced on 15 June 2017 that ‘NATA’ qualification is not required for BRC course. But Anna University on June 25, 2017 as ‘NATA’ Eligibility Test is required for this course. The notification issued by the Admissions Secretary is not acceptable. In 2008, the Supreme Court had banned the announcement that ‘NATA’ examination was compulsory. The Tamil Nadu government has also ordered that those who have passed the qualifying examination including JEE can apply for PRG.
But the petitioner has been denied admission without considering this. This case is an example of the irresponsible actions of educators and authorities responsible for making policy decisions related to education, where the future of the youth is at stake. Education is not only to provide the necessary qualification for livelihood but also to make a good human being recognized by the society.
Education has become commercialized
But in recent times that education has become commercialized and has fallen into the hands of unqualified persons and intellectual braggarts. It is sad that the future of many students is wasted due to wrong decisions taken by them. Hence Rs.10 lakhs as compensation to the affected student due to denial of admission in BRC course and Rs. 1 lakh as litigation expenses and the Admission Secretary for Anna University Engineering Courses should pay within 4 weeks. In case of failure, he has ordered to pay interest from 2017 onwards with 9 percent interest per annum.