For 17-year-old Sampurna Lahiri, who aspires to be a star model, it was a rude shock when the Alipur Multipurpose Girls High school in Kolkata refused to admit her in the XI standard saying that her modeling assignments will be a bad influence on academics. Sampurna had cleared her secondary exams with 68 per cent marks and was eligible for admission. However, even though she was among the ten finalists of the prestigious Sananda Tillottama beauty contest this year, she was disillusioned.
"I went with my father and met the principal. She said that I can't get admission as I am into modeling," says Sampurna Lahiri. Her father has now admitted Sampurna to another school and is planning to lodge a complaint with the Higher secondary education council against the Alipur school.
"I have never heard that for participating in a competition, someone is denied admission. I haven"t heard of such rule," says father of Sampurna, Niladri Lahiri.
According to the principal, the action was taken to ensure that a "homely atmostphere" prevails in the school.