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Orphan who ranked 270 clicks wrong link, loses seat in IIT-B | India News

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MUMBAI: An 18-year-old man raised by a single mother and orphaned two years ago by her death, scored an all-India rank of 270 in JEE and secured a seat of his choice in the electrical engineering BTech course at IIT-Bombay. He lost the seat within a fortnight last month.
The teen, Siddhanth Batra from Agra, had aced the Indian Institute of Technology JEE (Advanced) 2020 and had been accepted in the first round on October 18. On October 31, scouting for updates on his roll number, he came across a link to ‘withdraw from seat allocation and further rounds’. He clicked on it under what he said was a “bona fide belief” that he was not required for further admission rounds.
On November 10 he found his name missing from the admitted students’ list for the four-year BTech in electrical engineering. There were 93 seats for the course.
He petitioned the Bombay high court against the IIT letter of withdrawal of his admission. On November 19, a vacation bench on hearing his counsel directed the IIT to consider his petition as a representation within two days.
The IIT did. With two days to go for the last date of ‘late registration’, on November 23, it rejected his appeal. IIT registrar R Premkumar said the institute has “no authority to quash the withdrawal letter”. Its hands were tied by the ‘rules of business’ under which the admissions are conducted.
Premkumar said the rules are clear and “strictly adhered to” and all admissions are handled by JoSSA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) alone. The IIT-B said it had no seat vacant now. It said Batra could apply again next year for JEE (Advanced) 2021.
Batra has now approached the Supreme Court. He seeks creation of an additional seat to undo his loss. He lives with his grandparents and his maternal uncle and receives an “orphan pension”.
He thought the ‘freeze’ option implied he was content with his seat and his admission process was complete. He, thus, ‘froze’ his seat. The withdraw option was a “conscious” two-step process in the rules, said the IIT order. It allowed successful candidates to withdraw before the final round with no option to withdraw after the last round. ‘Seat acceptance fee’ gets refunded after a deduction of Rs 2,000.
Once a candidate has withdrawn, the seat shall stand cancelled, say the rules. The IIT said the ‘reason for withdrawal’ option is there to ensure students can appear for JEE again and to “ensure seats are not wasted.” The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday.

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