Kerala Court invalidates EFLU action that denied ‘politically active’ student’s entry for PhD

Research student gets through legal struggle, earning the victory over the rejection of admission by the English and Foreign Language University (EFLU) for taking part in the Rohith Vemula Movement.

The High Court of Kerala invalidated the University action that denied C.H.Abdul Jabbar’s entry for the Ph.D. entrance, the case filed via Adv P.E.Sajal. The Kerala High Court has directed the EFLU to conduct a separate Ph.D. test for Jabbar.

The prosecution pointed out the various cases of denial of students from Kerala to similar Universities. He further demanded to execute the entrance examination and admit the petitioner as soon as possible, reminding the violation of the Constitution if not done so. Similar issues often take place in EFLU, prohibiting the students from admission procedures.

Earlier on February, the EFLU administrators rejected Abdul Jabbar’s entry without providing admit card, which brew a case in the High Court that ordered to reserve an OBC seat for the petitioner. EFLU has stopped five students including Abdul Jabbar from writing the University entrance exams on the grounds that they are “politically active”. Abdul Jabbar, a Malappuram resident, who had done his MA at EFLU had applied to do a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and was supposed to write his entrance exams. When he tried to download his hall ticket for the entrance exam, he found that he couldn’t do so. He contacted the university authorities and was informed that it was the ‘university’s decision’ to not grant him admission.

EFLU had done much the same thing in 2017 when two students from the University of Hyderabad, Kavyasree Raghunath and Manasi M.S, were denied permission to write their entrance exams because they were active participants in the ‘Justice for Rohith Vemula’ struggle. The proctor informed the students that he had evidence of their participation in the movement.

Compiled by Sweta Mohan

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