Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 25:
The High Court on Wednesday asked the Odisha Director of Nursing and convener of General Nursery and Midwifery (GNM) selection committee to pay Rs 5000 to an applicant as fine and allow her the opportunity for admission in the GNM Diploma course.
The directive of the division bench of the court comprising Justice Indrajit Mahanti and Justice BN Rath came on a petition filed by Nirupama Behera, who had alleged that she had been denied an opportunity to take admission in the GNM course for no fault of hers.
In her petition, Behera had said though she was selected for the course, she had not received any communication from the convenor about it and hence could not take admission. While other candidates received communication about their selection through Speedpost, she did not get any communication.
In his defence, the counsel for the convenor had argued that the communication could not be sent to her because she had not mentioned her present address in the application form. But all selected applicants had been informed about their selction and asked to take admission on October 25, 2014 on their official website.
Countering the agrument, the petitioner’s counsel Jitendra Kumar Lenka had pointed out that his client had mentioned her permanent address in the application form where the communication could have been sent instead of informing her about the date of admission through their official website.
When she came to know about it later, she had requested the authorities to reconsider her case, but the latter refused to pay heed, the counsel had told the court.
The court, after hearing the petition, held the GNM selection committee convener guilty and asked him to pay Rs 5000 to the petitioner as fine and allow her to take admission in the 2015-16 academic session.