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Counselling, admissions to IITs, NITs under JEE-Advanced stopped by Supreme Court

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the government to halt the admission process in IITs, and NITs across the country. This is going to give jitters to thousands of students who were hoping to complete their admission process at the earliest and move on with their studies after rather very long preparatory process for the admission that requires a rigorous admission test.

Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M.Khanwilkar while hearing the case on July 7 said, “No counselling or admission to the seats in ITT JEE-Advanced shall take place until further orders”. The apex court bench will be hearing the matter matter on July 10.

The Supreme Court has intervened in the admission process as the it was challenged by two IIT aspirants over the grant of seven marks to all the candidates for errors in two questions – one in chemistry and other in maths – in the Hindi version of the paper.

It should be kept in mind that the chemistry question was of three marks, the maths question was of four marks.

But to make things less complicated for the authorities and the students alike, the bench made it apparent that no high court will entertain any petition in respect of the JEE-IIT -Advanced from now onwards. It further directed the Registrar Generals of the High Courts to inform them by Saturday of the nature of cases and the number of petitioners involved in respect of JEE-IIT-Advanced pending before them.

Meanwhile the apex court directed that the copy of its order be communicated to all the registrar generals. Observing that the uniform application of seven marks strikes at the root of Article 14 (equality before law), the bench indicated that it may opt for the “re-evaluation” of the answer sheets. The court also indicated the option that those who have not attempted these two questions would be left out but those who have attempted it, right or wrong, will get the marks.

Nonetheless, the task is nothing less than arduous and the government counsel tried to convey it to the court. Appearing for the Central government, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the bench that the “problem will have to be solved and it was impossible to identify who answered in Hindi papers”. He informed the bench that as of now the counselling of 33,000 students has already taken place and they have been admitted. In all there are about 36,000 seats. Venugopal told the court that of the two petitioners before it, one has already got admission in IIT Bombay.

The argument of the petitioners is that only those candidates can get the bonus marks who actually attempted the questions. Appearing for the petitioners’ candidates, senior counsel Vikas Singh said that bonus marks can’t be given to someone who has not attempt two questions which suffered from error. He said that there are thousands of students who have secured same marks in the merit list. About 2.35 lakh students appeared in IIT JEE-Advanced examination. It is needless to say that IIT admission stay by the apex court has confused the students and their parents.

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