The Supreme Court vacated the stay today and has given go ahead for conducting counseling for admission in IITs and NITs. The Court has also directed the High Courts not to interfere in petitions regarding counselling and admission to IITs to avoid any confusion. The Bench asked the IITs to give an undertaking that such mistakes will not recur and no situation to award bonus marks will arise. Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing IITs, says such situation will not arise in future.
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.
The bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar had also restrained High Courts from entertaining any plea in connection with the admission and counselling. Three students filed a petition challenging IIT’s decision on granting the grace marks to all candidates who took the exam this year after the answer key to seven questions went missing.
They said due to this marking system, their ranking has gone down. The petitioners demand that grace marks must be awarded to 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.”