JEE Advanced 2017: The Supreme Court of India today vacated the stay for the counselling process for Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) and gave a go ahead to the process. According to reports, on July 7, SC stayed the ongoing admission process at the Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology across the country. 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 asked the IITs to give an undertaking that such mistakes will not recur and no situation to award bonus marks will arise. Representing the IITs, Attorney General K K Venugopal said that such situation will not arise in future.
According to an IANS report, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra while announcing the decision to vacate on the stay said that no High Court will entertain any plea on this issue. In his order, he said, “We are inclined to vacate the order passed on July 7 and also convey that we are not inclined to interfere with the counselling and admission process, and high courts should act accordingly and not interfere in the admission process.” He further added that it desires that errors, mistakes in the framing of questions and in the printing of question papers should not happen in future.
Earlier on June 30, the Supreme Court had sought the Centre’s response to a petition challenging the grant of seven extra marks to all candidates who appeared in the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for the advanced course, according to the report. Extra marks were awarded to students in the wake of a printing error in a Hindi language paper.
The petition, filed by an IIT aspirant Aishwarya Agarwal, had sought the court’s direction to declare that the action of awarding bonus marks to candidates who had appeared in the JEE (Advanced)- 2017 examination was wrong and violated her right, as well as that of other students, according to a PTI report.