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17 petitioners move Allahabad High Court, wanting to be interviewed for teaching posts

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Prayagraj (ILNS): The Allahabad High Court has asked the Secondary Education Services Selection Board if it will permit the inclusion of 17 petitioners in its interview. These petitioners had been rejected 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, claim that they did study the course, but the course was known by another name when they were in class IX.

The High Court has sought information, giving the last opportunity to the Secondary Education Services Selection Board. This order was delivered by Justice Ajit Kumar on a petition filed by Mukesh Tiwari and 16 others.

The court order said: “The grievance of the petitioners is that the denial of participation in the interview on the ground that the petitioners did not possess 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 separated 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 almost similar to what is there in Class X curriculum. It is also argued that even knowledge of technical art will meet the eligibility criteria as prescribed for.”

The Petitioners thus, having knowledge of technical art, have the right to join the selection. The Board cannot say that the petitioners do not have minimum qualifications.

Senior Advocate RK Ojha who represented 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 grounds that in high school they did not have the technical arts subject which is the basic qualification needed for the selection.

The petitioner stated that they cannot be disqualified for changing of the course. They contended that they have studied technical arts in class IX and having knowledge of the same, possess the minimum required qualifications.

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