BENGALURU:The High Court has directed the CBSE and IISc to allow students holding overseas citizenship of India (OCI) card to apply for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) fellowships.
Hearing a petition filed by eight students, Justice Ravi Malimath passed the interim order on Thursday.
He, however, clarified that the directive is subject to further orders of the court.
Justice Malimath issued notices to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on the matter.
The petition was filed by Sneha Sreedhara, Asmitha P Reddy, Pragya Joshi, Pranav Joshi, Yashraj Singh, Sagar Bogadi Manjunath, Adithya Phaneendra Hosapet and Sneha Krishnamurthy.
“The petitioners are permitted to appear for JEE-2015 conducted by the CBSE, KVPY examinations and CET conducted by the IISc and Karnataka Examination Authority, and apply in IITs under the general quota,” Justice Malimath said in the order.
The petitioners had appealed to the court to quash the information bulletin on November 11, 2014, pertaining to JEE published by the CBSE. It specified that OCI cardholders were not eligible for admissions to NITs, IITs and FTIs through JEE (Main). This also applied for KVPY examinations.