Madras High Court orders Anna University to allow female engineering student to continue her studies

Madras High Court ordered Anna University to allow student, who had been absent for two years, to continue her studies


Madras District Court ordered Anna University and the Director of Technical Education to allow a student, who had been absent for two years due to illness, to continue her studies in the third year of an engineering course and allow him to write the fifth semester exam which will take place in January.

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Judge M Dhandapani gave the instruction while recently authorizing a written request from student R Nithya.

According to the petitioner, Anna University gave her a seat in Electronic and Communication Engineering at a private college in nearby Padur, and she attended two years of classes. During this time, she suffered from allergic rhinitis, which prevented her from attending classes for two years, and the college forcibly issued her with a transfer certificate. She recovered from the illness in 2020 and was admitted in July 2021 and subsequently attended college regularly.

According to the college’s advice, she paid the fifth semester fee of Rs 2,500 for six subjects and three practical exams that would take place in January. Despite paying the exam fee, she did not get her registration number for the same.

Finally, the university told him to start the course in the first year. Hence the present application in brief. Coming to the student’s rescue, the judge referred to the Anna University regulation, more specifically to regulation 5.1, which prescribed that students enrolled in the baccalaureate in engineering at the upper secondary level must complete the course in a deadline of 14 semesters. , which means that students must complete the course within seven years.

In the present case, the petitioner interrupted her studies between April 2018 and mid-2020, for two years, then joined the college for the fifth semester. In the interregnum period, with the exception of the four semesters completed by her, she had not continued the course for another four semesters, for a total of eight semesters. She still has two years of study, that is, four semesters, and if she is allowed to take the exam for all four semesters, in all she would only complete 12 semesters.

However, even according to the mandate of Regulation 5.1, upper secondary students must complete the course within 14 semesters. Even though the petitioner is allowed to take the exam at this time, she would only be in the ninth semester out of all 14 semesters and, therefore, is well within the rules prescribed by the University.

Such being the case, to dismiss the applicant’s case for continuation and to take the exam is totally unsustainable and the same is likely to be hampered, said the judge and ordered the University and the college to allow him to take the fifth semester exam. within a week.

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