The Madras High Court has observed that under existing rules, it is mandatory for engineering institutes to treat Indian and Nepali students under the same admission norms .
The HC delivered this judgment while hearing a plea by a Nepali student who alleged that he was treated unfairly by the admission council of an engineering course in Tamil Nadu solely based on his nationality. Apparently, the admission council refused to accept his diploma awarded by a Nepal university.
According to Chhedi Narayan Sharma, the complainant, he completed his diploma in mechanical engineering from the Tribhuvan University in Nepal last year, following which he applied for an engineering course in a college in Tamil Nadu under lateral entry scheme reserved for diploma holders.
During admission counseling, Sharma was orally informed by the directorate of technical education that he was not qualified for admission under the lateral admission scheme or as a first year student.
“The blanket denial of admission to me is contrary to the principles of natural justice and against law,” Sharma stated in protest.
The admission process for foreign students started on August 18, 2014 and will continue till September 18, 2014.