A young student has moved the Gujarat High Court to set aside an order of the Academic Performance Review Committee (APRC) of the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT).
The APRC gave an order to remove the student from the institute for failing to obtain 25 credits in the second semester of engineering. The petition said the student was suffering from mental health issues and depression since January 2020.
During the lockdown in May – June last year the problem aggravated with the student suffering from suicidal thoughts. As a result, the student could not appear for the online exams conducted by SVNIT.
As an introvert, he did not share his mental health issues and his parents came to know that he had been removed by the APRC when they tried to pay the semester-3 fee.
Petition argument in SVNIT case
The petitioner sought permission to appear in supplementary exams to obtain credits to cover his deficit. The supplementary exams will be tentatively held from May 3 to May 15, 2021.
The petition said many like the petitioner were mentally affected either due to pre-existing problems or due to the stress of the lockdown.
“Out of the blue when humans are asked to isolate themselves for 2-3 months, such isolation has a different impact on different people. Hence the order of SVNIT needs to be quashed as every human being deserves a second chance and so does the petitioner,” the petition said.
The petitioner made a written representation about his mental health problems to SVNIT and also provided medical certificates to prove his case but the institute did not consider it.
At the age of 17 students face several insecurities and indecisiveness due to competition and other pressure and hence the applicant requires one more chance to convert his deficit into credits, the petition said.
Gujarat High Court has issued notice to SVNIT and the matter is likely to be heard on April 9, 2021.
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