IIT, NIT Admissions’17: Supreme Court puts stay on counselling and admissions

Supreme Court of India

July 7, Friday, the apex court of India has put a stay order in any further couselling and admissions to the premier engineering institutes- the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in regard of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Advanced) exam. The Supreme Court has barred IITs all over the nation until further announcement over the counselling and admission, as reports the PTI.

All High Courts have also been restricted from taking up any petition relating to counselling and admissions to the IITs from today onwards by the notable bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar

As per the PTI  reports,  the petitions pending before the High Courts across the country are being looked into by the Supreme Court coming across a number of petitions challenging the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2017 rank list. The question of awarding of additional marks to all appearing candidates still is unresolved.

Aishwarya Agarwal, an IIT aspirant, filed a petition on June 30, in regard to which, the Supreme Court sought Centre Government’s response on a plea seeking scraping off the IIT Joint Entrance Examination 2017 rank list and also the decision of awarding additional marks to all candidates who had appeared in the test.

The petitioner advocated that the decision taken by the IITs of awarding “bonus marks” to all the candidates who had appeared in the JEE (Advanced) 2017 examinationwas not justified  and violated her right along with other students’.

As per a press release by the IANS, it was in the wake of a printing error in a Hindi language paper that extra marks in question were granted.

The petitioner demanded the court to direct for the preparation of a fresh all-India rank list after rectifying the scores of JEE (Advanced) and also award marks for the incorrect questions to the candidates who had attempted the right answers. Agarwal says that the institution should conduct fresh examination and prepare a fresh merit list.

Any decision on the matter is at halt for the moment.

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