Sumary of Depression Can Be Classified As Serious Illness In Context Of COVID-19 Pandemic: Gujarat HC:
- The academic performance review committee of the Surat-based Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) in October 2020 cancelled the registration and admission of the first-year B Tech (Bachelor of Technology) student, for not earning 25 credits needed for getting promoted to the next semester.
- The stand of the respondent Institute to doubt is insensitive and departs from the facts stated in the letter of the parents fortified by the certificate of a doctor.
- It is the very reason of depressive tendencies developed in the mind of the petitioner during the pandemic which prevented him from applying on the medical ground under the said Regulation (of the institute that requires a student to apply prior to the last day of examination if unable to take the exam on the medical ground),” it said.
- Apart from cancelling the registration and admission of the petitioner, the institute had also rejected his subsequent requests to reconsider its decision, which he had challenged in the high court through his lawyer Ronith Joy.
- The institute had argued before the court that the case of the petitioner on medical grounds is governed by its regulation that necessitates that a student files an application prior to the last day of examination.
- The student’s parents then made several requests to the institute to reconsider its decision and give another chance to their son, but to no avail.