Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 10:
The Odisha High Court, in an interim order on Thursday, directed the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) authorities to reserve seats for the physically challenged students.
A vacation bench comprising Justice Bidyut Ranjan Sarangi and Justice Pramath Patnaik issued the directive to the secretaries of the department of Health and Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET) , chairman, OJEE and principals of all government ayurvedic and homoeopathic colleges.
The directive came during the hearing of a writ petition filed by three physically challenged students—Yara Laxmi, Sarojini Sethi and Narayan Sethi—after they were denied admission by the OJEE authorities.
With the OJEE counseling for admission scheduled for today, the order of the High Court has brought a sigh of relief for these three deprived students.
The petitioners had informed the court that as per the rules mentioned in the OJEE brochure, there must be three percent reservation of seats for the physically challenged students in various disciplines.
However, at the time of the admission, they were told by OJEE authorities that the state government would take a decision on the admission of the physically challenged students in ayurvedic and homoeopathic streams.
The three petitioners had later taken part in the verification of documents for admission held at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack along with the certificates issued by the Medical Board stating that theyhad 75 percent disability.
Despite this, the OJEE authorities ignored these students and excluded them from the admission list.
Protesting against the decision of the OJEE, the aggrieved students had moved the High Court with a writ petition and prayer for immediate intervention in the matter.