The fate of admission for IITs and NITs for the ongoing academic year was finally out on Monday. There was an uncertainty over the admissions after supreme court put a ban on them. However on Monday, Supreme Court lifted a stay over the admission procedure. The stay was imposed following a dispute over grace marks offered to candidates.

Supreme Court lifts stay on IIT & NIT admissions

“We are not inclined to grant any stay. The petition is rejected,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said while dismissing the plea of students who had challenged the grant of bonus marks to all those who had taken the IIT-JEE (Advanced)-2017.

Supreme Court lifts stay on IIT & NIT admissions

Ban on NIT & IIT Admissions

On July 7, Supreme Court had restrained IITs and NITs from conducting counselling and admissions. The reason for the restrictions was a petition that was filed claiming that a bonus marks was awarded to all examinees. These bonus marks were irrespective of whether they had attempted the questions or not.

The Jury bench comprised of  Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar. The jury asked to furnish an undertaking that a “foolproof mechanism” will be devised in setting up question papers in future.

“When we say foolproof mechanism, there should be no errors in question papers, and no situation in which bonus marks have to be awarded must arise,” Justice Misra clarified.

Supreme Court lifts stay on IIT & NIT admissions

Attorney General K K Venugopal assured the court that such a situation will not arise in future. Attorney General K K Venugopal represented the IITs for the case. Kapil Sibal, who represented some petitioners, said even meritorious students got lower ranks due to grace marks.

 

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