The Allahabad High Court has mentioned the Secondary Education Services Selection Board if it will allow the inclusion of 17 petitioners in the interview. These petitioners had been not accepted for interviews earlier on the ground they allegedly did not meet the minimum qualification required, having not studied a particular subject in school. The petitioners, however, stated that they did study the course, but the course was known by another name when they were in class IX.
.This order was given by Justice Ajit Kumar on a plea filed by Mukesh Tiwari and 16 others.
The court order stated that: “The argument of the petitioners is not accepting the participation in the interview on the basis that the petitioners did not have the minimum qualification of High School with ‘Technical Art’ is not justified and the ground taken by the petitioners is that in the year 2000, the curriculum of Class IX and X had been not together and the words ‘Technical Art’ has been taken away from Class X curriculum but the contents of the curriculum prescribed for Class IX uses the words ‘Technical Art’ and the subject matter of the study provided therein is kind of similar to what is there in Class X curriculum. It is also mentioned that even knowledge of technical art will meet the eligibility criteria as prescribed for.”
The Petitioners having known of technical art, have the right to enrol in the selection. The Board cannot claim that the petitioners do not have minimum qualifications.
Senior Advocate RK Ojha who appeared from the petitioners stated that the petitioners were called for the interview after they passed in the written examination. But, they were not interviewed on the basis that in high school they did not have the subject of the technical arts which is the basic qualification required for the selection.
The petitioner said that they cannot be disqualified for changing of the course. They mentioned that they have studied technical arts in class IX and having knowledge of the same, possess the minimum required qualifications.