In a major relief, Supreme Court allows admission, counselling to IITs, NITs

On July 7, the apex court had stayed the ongoing admission in the IITs and NITs across the country following a dispute over grace marks awarded to candidates. 

Published: 10th July 2017 02:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th July 2017 02:31 PM   |  A+A-

IIT Madras (File Photo)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Giving relief to thousands of students aspiring to get seats in the premium Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the country, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated its stay on the IIT-JEE admissions 2017 process.

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.

Extra marks were granted in the wake of a printing error in a Hindi language paper.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwikar dismissed the petition filed by two students challenging the award of bonus marks to all students for the errors in some questions in the examination.

The court also asked the Centre to have in place a mechanism to deal with such errors and ask the Centre to make sure no mistakes in the framing of questions and in the printing of question papers happen in future examinations and directed it to file an affidavit in this regard and slated the hearing for October 10.

Attorney General K K Venugopal appearing for IIT assured the bench that such mistakes won't be repeated in future.

33,000 students have already taken admissions in various IITs.

The court also restrained High Courts from entertaining any plea in connection with the admission and counselling.

Petitioners have pleaded before the court that due to awarding of bonus marks their ranking has gone down and had demanded that grace marks must be awarded to those who had attempted the question.

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