GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court served notices to the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) and three other parties over a case concerning the denial of admission to an Indian Navy officer for an MTech course on August 4.
The officer in question, Commander Rushwan Razack, applied for an MTech course in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) while concurrently pursuing a data analytics course at IIT-G from February to May. His application was categorized under the non-regular sponsored category.
“The court of Justice Lanusungkum Jamir admitted Razack’s case today (Friday) and ordered notices to be issued to the IIT-G and three others,” stated Arnab Duarah, the Navy officer’s counsel, while speaking to Northeast News.
Commander Razack was initially shortlisted for the MTech interview based on his MSc in naval weapons from Cochin University of Science and Technology. The institute officially communicated that he had successfully cleared the interview.
However, despite meeting all the prerequisites and having the necessary subjects during his MSc course, his application was rejected without furnishing specific reasons. The dean cited the non-eligibility of a master’s degree in naval weapons as the basis for the rejection.
Interestingly, Commander Razack’s case draws comparison with another Army officer who possesses similar credentials and was enrolled in an IIT-G course in 2022, presently pursuing it.
In response to the situation, the IIT-G authorities have refrained from commenting on Commander Razack’s case. When Northeast News tried to contact P K Iyer, officiating director of the institution, he didn’t respond to calls. Commander Razack is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (2003 batch) and boasts two decades of dedicated service behind him.