Gujarat HC rejects IIM-A aspirant’s plea over selection processAnisha Mukhija
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Heard by one judge of the HC earlier, the petitioner aspirant wasn’t granted the sought relief, totally on the bottom that the court didn’t deem it fit interfere during a matter of educational policy.
Ruling that there can’t be any hard and fast rule regarding the extent of weightage of a written test vis-a-vis a private interview, especially in postgraduate specialised courses like the one offered by the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the Gujarat supreme court , on Thursday, refused to intervene within the institute’s selection process after it had been challenged by an aspirant who wasn’t selected.
The court upheld that “there are a series of considerations for conducting such a test which are best left to the experts within the field.”
Drawing from earlier precedents set by Supreme Court judgments, the division bench of the HC also held that the role of statutory expert bodies on education and role of courts are well defined by an easy rule, wherein if any provision of law or principle of law has got to be interpreted, applied or enforced with regard to or connected with education, the court will step in. Otherwise, if the question is said to education policy or a problem involving academic matters, “the court should keep their hands off.”
Failing to secure admission at IIM-A despite ranking among the highest 110 students to clear the common admission test (CAT) for management aspirants, petitioner Raghav Gupta had sought that the IIM-A procedure of choosing candidates – whereby 50% of the weightage is given to non-public interviews and only 25% to CAT scores – be quashed and put aside . Heard by one judge of the HC earlier, the petitioner aspirant wasn’t granted the sought relief, totally on the bottom that the court didn’t deem it fit interfere during a matter of educational policy. This verdict of the only judge was challenged before the division bench by the aspirant, as an appeal.
The division bench observed that no constitutional infirmity was found on the a part of IIM-A by their policy of prescribing a better percentage of marks for the viva/ test/ interview. The court also acknowledged that the aspirant had only moved court after not being selected by IIM-A, despite being conscious of their selection process beforehand, made publicly available.
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