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SC allows counselling and admissions to IITs

SC allows counselling and admissions to IITs”

The Supreme Court vacated the stay today and has given go ahead for conducting counseling for admission in IITs and NITs. He said that two wrong questions were there in only one out of ten sets of question papers which was in Hindi Medium and it was impossible to find out students who opted to take entrance examination in Hindi. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing IITs, said such a situation would not arise in future. The court also sought details of the petitions pending before High Courts and the number of petitions challenging the IIT- JEE 2017 rank list, and award of additional marks to all candidates who had appeared in the test. "It is submitted that in case ongoing counselling and admission process is disturbed, the admission procedure of more than 36,000 students in 97 institutes under the joint seat allocation programme for IITs, NIITs, IIITs and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutions) would be scrapped", IIT said in its affidavit.

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

More than 1.7 Lakh students appeared for the IIT JEE Advanced 2017 exam. The petition, filed by IIT aspirant Aishwarya Agarwal, had sought the court's direction to declare that the action of awarding "bonus marks" to the candidates who had appeared in the JEE (Advanced) 2017 examination was wrong and violated her right, as well as that of other students.

Since then several other students have approached the apex court seeking quashing of rank list.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and Mohan Shantanagoudar refused to accept the submissions of the petitioner regarding the arbitrariness in awarding grace marks for wrong question.



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