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Different spellings of dad’s name: HC comes to aid of turned away student

Delhi University’s Aditi Mahavidyalaya College allegedly denied admission to a dalit girl because her father’s name was spelt differently in the caste certificate. The name of her father in the caste certificate is written ‘Ravinder Kumar’ but it was spelt as ‘Ravindra Kumar’ in other documents. On being denied admission, the 17-year-old Kumari Srishti Chauhan has now knocked the doors of Delhi High Court.

The court of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on Wednesday issued notices to Aditi College, Delhi University and Delhi government to respond by August 12. The Judge observed: “In Hindi, both Ravinder and Ravindra are the same. How the college can deny admission on such trivial technical ground.”

The girl submitted in the court that she passed class XII examination this year and belongs to SC category. She applied for admission in BA programme in Aditi Mahavidyalaya in June, 2016 under the reserved category of Scheduled Caste. Her name had appeared in the third cut-off list of selected candidates on July 11.

When she approached the college on July 12 for admission, she was reportedly told that there is some discrepancy with regard to her father’s name in the caste certificate submitted by her. She was advised to get it corrected. However, there was no provision of making correction in the name. So, her father had to apply for a new caste certificate which they are expecting to come within a month. 

In the meantime, Chauhan regularly approached the college to consider her case for admission on the basis of the caste certificate already submitted. But the college allegedly told her that she could not be admitted as she has failed to submit the caste certificate. 
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