Published: Mon, July 10, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Supreme Court stays admissions process at IITs, IIITs, and NITs

Supreme Court stays admissions process at IITs, IIITs, and NITs

The plea by some students had pointed out that there were was an error in the Hindi version of the question papers of chemistry and mathematics. Venugopal stated that since there was a negative mark for each wrong answer, there was possibility that many students chose not to attempt the defective question. It is very hard to find out and that is why it was decided that bonus marks be given to all students. It also appealed to the court to direct IITs to revise the merit list after removing the grace marks.

The Supreme Court (SC) has stalled the counseling and admission process for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for this academic year until it can figure out a solution over the grace marks awarded for wrong and vague questions.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar, which will hear the case in detail on Monday, also told high courts across the country not to hear any petition relating to IIT admissions and counselling of students.

"If granting bonus marks is a problem, it has to be solved by us at the earliest", the bench said after briefly hearing the arguments and posting the matter for hearing on July 10.

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the admissions into the IITs and institutions that used the JEE Advanced 2017. When exam authorities found the allegations to be true, they chose to give bonus marks to all candidates, irrespective of whether anyone had attempted the question or not. The students were awarded grace marks as the answer key to seven of the questions went missing. This would be applicable to all candidates who took the examination on May 21.

It was announced on June 4 that all students would be given 11 bonus marks for three "ambiguous" questions after an internal review.

He said over 33,000 students who cleared the JEE have taken admission in various engineering institutes on the basis of their scores.

On the merit list and the counseling, an interim stay was also sought by the petition, saying it would cause major influence to the petitioner and other deserving candidates.

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