A 16 year old student named Sagar Meena, seeking admission in a medical college has moved towards the Delhi High Court for help after being denied to provide admissions for being under-age for eligibility. Sagar had topped the AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) under the Scheduled tribes category.
Sagar wants admission in a medical or dental college in Delhi. But he has been rejected that because he is younger than the age limit for the All-India Entrance Exam, which was fixed at 17 for 2012. On admitting his plea, the High Court issued notices to the Centre, the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Medical Council of India on Thursday seeking clarification on their admission criteria.
Sagar, who was born in May 1996, makes him to be of 16 years old. But he said that he had made a mistake in the online application form, where he wrote 1995 because of which he was considered to be 17 and was given the eligibility to write the Entrance exam.
He had passed his high school in the year 2010, conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh scoring 79.9%. In 2012 he had appeared for Class 12 (Science Stream)Board Examination in Rajasthan and scored 82.8%. In April, 2012 he took the AIPMT, organized by CBSE, where he secured the first position among the ST Students.
On behalf of scoring the highest marks, the student has been rejected/disqualified only because of the limited age limit for admissions in Medical/Dental colleges in India. The advocate Khagesh Jha, who is the associate of advocate Ashok Agarwal who is representing the boy said "This is not a justifiable reason because there is no fixed lower age limit for giving CBSE Board exams. Also, the student has an excellent academic record. Minimum age for admissions should not be restricted, especially for students who score such excellent marks".
Agarwal referred to the previous Rohini Goyal Vs Union of India case where the Supreme Court upheld the petition of a candidate seeking admission in the B.Com course at Delhi University though she was below the minimum age.
The petition submitted by Sagar says "Providing the lower age limit for admission in the Medial/Dental colleges is by itself unjustifiable/unreasonable in as much as no College/University prescribes the lower age limit for admission in a particular course. For instance, IIT has not provided a lower age limit for admissions in the said college.
What do you think? Can admissions be provided to such students who is a topper but less in age limit? Should age limit be provided for higher studies? Is it a rule? How far is it right to be followed?