Student aces court battle over VTU injustice

Student aces court battle over VTU injustice

Jitendra Kumar Rajan

After an ordeal spanning 32 petitions, a student has finally managed to get justice, with the High Court of Karnataka directing the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) “to allow the student to take exams”. 

The court was hearing a petition filed by Jitendra Kumar Rajan, a computer science student at Khaja Bandanawaz College of Engineering (KBN), who had moved the court seeking directions to the university to declare his results. 

A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice L Narayana Swamy disposed of all the applications filed by the student after hearing them.

The nightmare

Jitendra Kumar Rajan, a resident of Karkala, Udupi district, got admitted to KBN College in 2005. His ordeal began in 2008 when he was not issued a hall ticket to take the exams. 

In 2009, he was forced to take readmission as the university did not announce the result of exams conducted in June 2009. 

In 2012, his first- and second-semester results were not announced following which he filed his first petition. His ordeal continued with the university not declaring his results but permitting him to appear for the examinations. 

In his fifth semester, the student had moved the court against the university contending that “the university was not giving the results at the right time”. 

Speaking to DH, the petitioner said: “The university said they have destroyed my answer books but are not giving a valid reason for the same. I want to know as to why my answer books were destroyed and why my results are being withheld.”