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Students come out in support of Agra teen who lost IIT-Bombay seat by clicking ‘wrong link’

A petition has been filed on by a first year engineering student Sarthak Jain demanding justice for Siddhanth Batra.

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New Delhi: Students from several institutes have come out in support of Siddhanth Batra, an 18-year-old from Agra, who lost his seat to a four-year electrical engineering course at IIT-Bombay after he mistakenly clicked on a wrong link during the admission process.

A petition has been filed on by Sarthak Jain, a first year engineering student, demanding justice for Batra. The plea, filed Sunday, has received over 700 signatures so far.

According to a report in The Times of India, Batra had secured an All India Rank of 270 in JEE Advanced 2020. He was accepted in the first round of JEE Advanced counselling for electrical engineering at IIT-Bombay. It was completed on 18 October and Batra had also received a confirmation letter from the institute.

On 31 October, while looking for updates on his admission, Batra came across a link that read “withdraw from seat allocation and further rounds”. He clicked on it assuming he did not need to complete any further process since everything for him was already confirmed through the acceptance letter.

On 10 November, Batra saw his name missing from the list of students. When he approached IIT-Bombay, the authorities told him that it was due to his “own mistake”.

The petition, called ‘Justice for Siddhanth Batra’, reads: “Now, this is our duty to provide justice to him (Batra) by doing all that we can. He is undoubtedly the best brains in the country and definitely deserves a chance to study in the best institute of the country. JEE is rigorous and it is the dream of almost every child to study in these prominent institutes. Hence, he should definitely get what he deserves.”

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Student has moved Supreme Court

Earlier this month, Batra had moved the Bombay High Court, which initially directed the IIT to consider his plea as representation and pass appropriate orders. But a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G.S. Kulkarni dismissed Batra’s petition on 23 November, noting that the IIT had considered his representation and passed its order.

Batra has now approached the Supreme Court to consider his appeal on humanitarian grounds. The apex court was supposed to hear the matter Tuesday, but it did not get listed, Prahlad Paranjpe, the lawyer representing Batra, told ThePrint.

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  1. I am also crack iit this year. I got same problem when I saw the business rule and withdraw rule I thought that withdraw option means I withdraw my seat , that is I confirm my seat. But my friend tell me that withdraw option means you exit from seat. Anyone can get confuse when he see ‘withdrawal of seat ‘ . It seems like taking of seat, so confusing sentence. I suggest it should be written in bold letter that’ your seat will be cancelled ‘ . on clicking withdraw option., then confirmation of seat cancelation option will clear.

    • Nonsense Mr Shirish Patil !

      It is not Mumbai – many institutions do not change their names simply because they cause problems for the public. These unwanted, unasked for name changes done at the behest of idiotic politicians causes untold difficulties to the public and wastes taxpayer money. Thus, the IATA code for the airport at Bombay is BOM, and Madras is MAA.

      On principle, I refuse to use the rotten names that are being foisted on the public by rotten politicians. And needless to say, without consulting the public. So it is Bombay, Madras and Calcutta.

      And now you have the BJP prick Tejaswi Surya who wants to change the name of Hyderabad … PATHETIC !

  2. The petition as above article mentions states, “Now, this is our duty to provide justice to him (Batra) by doing all that we can. He is undoubtedly the best brains in the country and definitely deserves a chance to study in the best institute of the country. JEE is rigorous and it is the dream of almost every child to study in these prominent institutes. Hence, he should definitely get what he deserves.”

    How does it matter to an ordinary person or a taxpayer, who gets a seat at IIT? Eventually he will generate wealth for self and / or for a company outside India…

  3. The boy definitely needs consideration from IIT authorities and must be given a seat. This in no way can be compared to clicking wrong answers in exams.

  4. Everyone should support this guy. He has really worked hard to achieve this rank. We all should atleast sign the petition filed by sarthak jain. It had crossed 5000 signs. Please sign🙏

  5. Strange. The admission in the most reputed institute of country can be cancelled by just one click!!! And institute considers it final????

    Even while cancelling a train ticket it asks reconfirmation from you that you want to cancle. In that case still you have multiple option to travel. What a stupid programme design for the best educational institute of the country.

    IIT must admit its mistake of keeping this kind of stupid programme and be human by accepting the student. Many international institutes would have apologized had this happened in there process.

  6. It is pain to know ,what this student is suffering despite proving capabilities, one wrong click should not be basis of ruining his whole life in pain .

  7. Yes siddhant may have made a mistake but that mistake is not so big that he pays it by loosing everything . In exam he proved his worth , maybe his english is weak and english is not a subject he have to be best in for iit selection , for kind information the main subjects are physics maths and chemistry , if someone is weak in english it doesnt mean he is not a brillient mind in other subjects . You cant decide a persons worth through a language . He made a mistake we get it , if he didnt get the seat its his fault we get that too , but saying that he cant understand a quote so he dont deserve iit bombay is also worng , a mistake doesnt decide a persons worth but his way of inproving it does , change your way of thinking , many things can be improved , After confirming a seat , having such a option is also a mistake , and iit bombay you may say the authorities are responsibe for it , so does that mean the authorities cheated and dont deserve to be on such rank …

  8. He misclicked on a two step process which also asks for bank account details? Probably not fit for IIT anyway. Rather it should be investigated who impersonated him in the exam

  9. It was mistaken or intentionally Shiddat only know what was situation that time. However the rules are same for every condidate. Many students lost their rank because they choose wrong answer in exam. Is their is a rule to claim rank due to that mistake, if yes, than Shiddanth should be given admission in IIT-Bombay along with all those students who lost their rank by mistakenly they answer wrong.

  10. It is the mistake of the institute because they should have disabled the withdraw option once they have confirmed a seat to an candidate. And should enabled the option only if he does not pay the minimum fee within the due date.
    Note. Just a basic logic and criteria could not be implemented from such an reputed institute.
    Moreover they should be warned, fined and the seat should be allocated to the student. Furthermore the institute should compensate the student for his mental disturbance.

    The programmer who designed the website should now atleast incorporate the basic conditions.

    Legally speaking this is fault of the person who had designed and the people who had approved it.

  11. hear me out – “I misclicked wrong answers in my jee exam so give me better rank and better college” , you see how dumb this sounds? the rules and conditions are same for every student. why should his misclicked be considered more important than misclicked of someone with rank say in the 6000s ? numerous students must have lost seats due to these mistakes , either fix all of them ( not possible) or leave them as is , fixing a singular case is more problamatic in my opinion

    • Dont you have humanity at all.The people on ranks of 6000s are too far from that of 270.Standing at this needs so much hardwork and i bet that you have not gone through such hardwork.

      • agreed to your point and also agree that he should be admitted in IIT B . But he lacks on spot decision making ability though a IITB degree will cover up his incompetence in future like many

    • @shash
      His situation is different, and the linked which he clicked doesn’t seem to be anything which can remove you from what you were allotted in. He is deserving and should get justice.

      • “He is deserving and should get justice”, my ass, that idiot got himself withdrew from his seat and it was completely his mistake

    • Lol…u had tht opportunity to rectify your multiple mistakes of clicking the ‘wrong answers’ before final submission…and for tht u supposedly got more than an hour…but for him,despite proving himself in the exam and securing a seat a single click and less than a second has ruined his dreams and hard work.i hope you can see a difference.dont be jealous of him,try to mark right options next year.

      • I m his coaching mates u know what he had sacrified to achieve this…?? He is inspiration and how just bcz of one mistake he cant lose his opportunity losing marks in exam is diff. Than doing a mistake on such shitty website .. which didnt even gave him warning … and double meaned a sentence … atleast hv some humanity

    • Yeah you are right last year I also faced this type situation and thousands of suffers keeping focus on one student is partially wrong

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