New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a halt to further counselling and admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in respect of JEE (Advanced) exam. The apex court restrained IITs across the country till further orders from conducting counselling or admitting students subsequent to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) this year, reported Press Trust of India.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar also restrained the High Courts from entertaining any writ petition relating to counselling and admissions to the IITs from today onwards.
According to Press Trust of India, the Supreme Court also sought details of the petitions pending before the High Courts across the country and the number of petitions challenging the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2017 rank list, and awarding of additional marks to all candidates who had appeared in the test which was held for admissions to IITs and NITs.
On June 30, in a petition filed by IIT aspirant Aishwarya Agarwal, the Supreme Court sought Centre Government's response on a plea seeking quashing of the IIT Joint Entrance Examination 2017 rank list and awarding of additional marks to all candidates who had appeared in the test.
The petition, 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.
IANS reported that the extra marks in question were granted in the wake of a printing error in a Hindi language paper.
The petition sought a direction from the court for preparation of a fresh all-India rank list after rectifying the scores of JEE (Advanced) and also award marks for the incorrect questions to the candidates who had attempted the right answers. As an alternative, the petitioner said the institution should conduct fresh examination and prepare a fresh merit list or grant all students another opportunity to appear in the examination to be conducted next year.
IIT Madras was the official organisor of JEE Advanced 2017
In an affidavit submitted before the court yesterday, the joint admission board of IITs said the process of seat allocation is going on and 29425 candidates have already accepted the allotted seats and reported for physical verification of documents.
"In case the ongoing counselling and admission process is disturbed," the affidavit also said that, "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."
The bench now listed the matter for further hearing on Monday.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced, considered as one of the toughest examination for the admissions in graduate level courses in Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and other centrally funded institutes, was conducted on May 21 and the results were declared on June 11.
'JEE Advanced Counselling Process Suspended'
"As directed by the Honourable Supreme Court of India on 7th July 2017, admission and counselling process for JEE (Advanced) 2017 has been suspended till further orders," said a notification posted on the official website of JEE Advanced 2017.
Earlier, JEE Advanced organisors have declared an admission schedule applicable to those candidates who have accepted seats in various programs (other than preparatory courses) through JEE (Advanced) 2017. IIT Delhi was scheduled to start the process from July 19.
(With Inputs from Agencies)
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