Patna High Court issues notice to Central University of South Bihar on admission controversy
Recently Hon'ble Patna High Court issued notice to the Central University of South Bihar in a case concerning the admission of a candidate in the B.A. LL.B. (H.) course in the academic session 2020-25. Shashank Tiwari- a candidate from Uttar Pardesh secured All India rank 33 in the Central Universities Common Entrance Test ( CUCET) held in September last year. The last date for payment of admission fee for the students in the first merit list was 09.11.2020 but the Petitioner could pay the fee on 12.11.2020 owing to the unfavorable financial conditions of his family during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. His name did not come in the admission list though the last date of payment of the admission fee was extended till 22.11.2020 by the University. He mailed his grievances to the Controller of the Examination as well the Vice-Chancellor of the University who did not pay any heed to his conditions and replied that no seats were vacant as of 26.11.2020. Thereafter on 30.11.2020, the final list of new admissions was published in which there were only 141 students whereas the total number of seats allotted for admission is 150. So, a writ petition was filed in the Hon'ble Patna High Court. After listening to the arguments of Adv Vishal Kumar Singh appearing on behalf of the Petitioner, the Hon'ble Court issued notice to the University and directed Sr Adv S.D. Sanjay to file a counter affidavit within two weeks on behalf of the University. The court commented that the University should consider this case under the ongoing pandemic conditions.