IIT JEE 2017: Counselling, Admission Process to start again as Supreme Court Vacates Stay

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Jul 2017 3:16pm

IIT JEE 2017: Counselling, Admission Process to start again as Supreme Court Vacates Stay

Supreme Court vacates stay granted on admissions, counselling across all campuses of IITs


Today, the Supreme Court allows the counselling and admission into IITs across the country on the basis of the results of the IIT-JEE (Advance) 2017 results by vacating its stay on it.

The apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra vacated its stay ordered last Friday but asked the HC not to interfere in the petitions regarding counselling and admission to the IITs to avoid any perplexity.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, asked the IITs to give a response that such mistakes will not recur and make sure that no situation in which bonus marks have to be awarded arose in prospect.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the IITs, said such a situation will not arise in future.

The bench said the 2005 judgement in Guru Nanak University case will not apply in the present matter as there were a huge number of students involved and there was a system of negative marking in the exam.

The apex court also noted that an experts' body of IITs had met twice to make a decision that bonus marks should be awarded across the board for the incorrect questions.

The SC had on 7 July restrained the IITs from conducting further counselling and admissions saying the court will go by its earlier judgement of 2005 and bonus marks cannot be given to those who have not attempted the incorrect questions.

The AG had, however, pointed out that there was negative marking for every ineffective question and there may be some students who had opted not to answer "the said vague questions fearing negative marking".

Thus, across the board bonus marks were given to the candidates, Mr. Venugopal had told the court, adding that otherwise, the IITs would have to strike down the marks.

The AG had also said that it was difficult to re-evaluate the answer sheets of over two lakh students who took the examination and awarding of bonus marks across the board was the most realistic solution.

The apex court had on June 30 issued a notice to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on a plea seeking to quash of the IIT-JEE 2017 rank list.

The petition, filed by an IIT aspirant Aishwarya Agarwal, had sought the court's direction to declare that the action of awarding bonus marks to candidates who had appeared in the JEE (Advanced)- 2017 examination was wrong and violated her right, as well as that of other students.

While then quite a few other students had approached the apex court seeking to quash of rank list.

Several IIT aspirants in their pleas had sought a direction for preparation of the 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 correct answers.

Source: NDTV

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