The Supreme Court on Monday lifted the stay on admissions to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), NITs and other colleges, bringing relief to thousands of students who wrote the joint entrance examination.
The apex court has asked the high courts not to interfere in the petition regarding the same to avoid any confusion. In its order, SC has also asked the IITs to give an undertaking that such mistakes will not recur and no situation to award bonus marks will arise.
On July 7, the apex court had stayed the ongoing admission in the Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology across the country following a dispute over grace marks awarded to candidates.
Bonus marks were given to compensate for wrong questions in two of the papers. They were granted irrespective of whether a candidate had answered these questions or not. The exam was conducted this year by the IIT Madras and the decision to give bonus marks were taken by it.
Three students filed a petition challenging IIT’s decision on granting the grace marks to all candidates who took the exam this year.They said due to this marking system, their ranking has gone down. The petitioners demand that grace marks must be awarded to only those who had attempted the question.
However, IIT opposed the contention and said that seats have already been allotted to 29,425 candidates. "It is submitted that in case the 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, NITs, IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutions) would be hampered.”