The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has taken a strong stand in the case of denying admission to a disabled student despite having been allotted a seat. The court ordered the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the student. Along with this, the court said that the government can recover this amount from the officers guilty of the mistake. The court also ordered the return of the student’s security deposit with 9 percent per annum, Live Hindustan reported.

The order was issued by a single bench of Justice Pankaj Bhatia in response to a petition filed by student Satyam Verma. The applicant stated that his category in the Pre-Ayush test in 2016 was 5336. The medical board determined that he was 50 to 70 percent disabled.

After that, he got a seat in Sahu Ramnarayan Murli Manohar Government Ayurvedic College, Bareilly during the second round of counseling on November 15, 2016. However, when he arrived for admission, he was told that all the seats were taken. The motion said the advisory board was informed by the then-principal that the student had declined admission.

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Lucknow University conducts Pre-Ayush test for candidates interested in a career in Ayurvedic Medicine. Candidates who clear this exam are eligible for admission to Lucknow University’s Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) and other programs.

Pre-Ayush 2022 test will be conducted in offline mode. It will last three hours and will be worth 720 points. Applicants will receive four points for each correct answer, and one point for each incorrect answer. Only students who have completed 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and secured minimum 50 percent marks are eligible to take this entrance exam.

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