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Marks reprieve in HC

The high court on Monday asked the state joint entrance board to consider the 44.66 per cent marks a rank holder had scored in science subjects in Higher Secondary as 45 per cent, thus making him eligible for admission to engineering courses.

Students who want to study engineering need 45 per cent marks in science subjects in addition to a rank in the joint entrance examination.

Sarit Chakrabarty, who had appeared for Higher Secondary from a Howrah school, scoring 44.66 per cent in science subjects, and ranked 1905 in the joint entrance, had moved court after being denied admission by the board.

“Since the student has obtained 44.66 per cent marks, consider it 45 per cent and grant him admission to an engineering course if he has the rank for that,” said the division bench of Justice P.K. Chattopadhyay and Justice Tarun Kumar Das.

Sarit’s counsel Basabi Roy Chowdhury had argued: “Government and non-government offices consider more than 0.5 per cent as an added percentage while appointing employees. Since my client scored 44.66 per cent in science subjects, his percentage score in the subjects should be considered 45.”

Justice Girish Gupta had ordered the board to allow Sarit’s admission to an engineering course acting on a writ petition by the student.

The board had appealed against the order but the division bench took the same view.