HC order reserves seats of 4 AP rankers

Government promises to help JEE rankers from state who were denied admission in IITs

Published: 09th July 2013 08:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2013 08:55 AM   |  A+A-

Bringing cheer to IIT advanced rankers from Andhra Pradesh, whose seat allotments have been cancelled as they did not figure in the top 20 percentile of Intermediate marks, the High Court on Monday directed the IIT authorities to the reserve seats of four such candidates as allotted earlier.

In response to the writ petition filed by Anudeep Pendyala and three others on Monday, justice Ramesh Ranganathan said the denial of seats to the four petitioners is in violation of Article 14 of Indian Constitution. The court issued notices to IIT authorities asking them to reserve the four seats allotted to these candidates until the final verdict is given. However, the court said the IITs can continue with the counselling process.

Meanwhile, the state government has promised to extend help to the JEE advanced rankers who were denied seats in IITs.

When rankers and their parents met secondary education minister Kolusu Parthasarathi, he said the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has communicated to the state government (BIE) to consider the candidates in all streams, including MPC, BiPC, HEC, CEC and MEC, to calculate the percentile. When this was done, the cut-off mark that the state arrived at was 457 for general category students. But the CBSE had taken only candidates who appeared for MPC stream into consideration while deciding the top 20 percentile, which increased the cut-off mark in general category to 487, which had cost seats to many students from state.

However, the minister said they have decided to write to CBSE and Joint Admission Board (JAB) of JEE  explaining the injustice done to AP Candidates by their selection of only MPC stream in deciding the top 20 percentile marks. The minister said lack of proper communication between the CBSE and JAB might have created the problem.

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