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270th Orphan Clicks Wrong Link, Loses Seat at IIT-B | India News


MUMBAI: An 18-year-old man raised by a single mother and orphaned two years ago by her death, earned a rank of 270 across India at JEE and earned a seat of his choice in the BTech electrical engineering course at IIT -Bombay. He lost his seat fifteen days after last month.
The teenager, Siddhanth Batra from Agra, had passed the Indian Institute of Technology JEE (Advanced) 2020 and had been accepted into the first round on October 18. On October 31, looking for updates on his roster number, he came across a link to “withdraw from seat assignment and more rounds.” He clicked on it under what he said was a “good faith belief” that he was not required for further rounds of admission.
On November 10, he found that his name was not on the list of students admitted to the four-year BTech in electrical engineering. There were 93 places for the course.
He petitioned the Bombay High Court against the IIT’s letter withdrawing his admission. On November 19, a vacation court upon hearing from his lawyer ordered the IIT to consider his petition as a representation within two days.
The IIT did. Two days after the last ‘late registration’ date, November 23, he rejected his appeal. IIT registrar R Premkumar said the institute “has no authority to void the withdrawal letter.” Their hands were tied by the ‘business rules’ under which admissions are made.
Premkumar said the rules are clear and “strictly enforced” and that all admissions are handled only by JoSSA (Joint Seat Assignment Authority). The IIT-B said it now had no vacant seats. He said Batra could apply again next year for JEE (Advanced) 2021.
Batra has now approached the Supreme Court. Seek the creation of an additional entry to undo your loss. He lives with his grandparents and his maternal uncle and receives an “orphan’s pension”.
He thought the ‘freeze’ option implied that he was happy with his seat and that his admission process was complete. He thus ‘froze’ his seat. The withdrawal option was a “conscious” two-step process in the rules, the IIT order said. It allowed selected candidates to withdraw before the final round with no option to withdraw after the final round. The ‘seat acceptance fee’ is refunded after a deduction of Rs 2,000.
Once a candidate has withdrawn, the seat will be canceled, the rules say. The IIT said the ‘withdrawal reason’ option is there to ensure that students can re-apply for JEE and to “ensure that seats are not wasted.” The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday.

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