Friday, July 7, 2017
The Supreme Court today has stayed the admission process to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
The apex court while granting stay questioned the bonus marks to all candidates who appeared in the IIIT JEE (advanced) 2017 examination. Bonus marks were given to compensate for wrong questions in two of the papers. They were granted irrespective of whether a candidate has answered them or not.
The IIT JEE (Advanced) was conducted by the IIT, Madras and the decision to give bonus marks was taken by it. In a move rendering uncertain the future of over 50,000 students, a Division Bench of Justices comprising of Dipak Misra and A.M.Khanwilkar stayed the admission process including counselling until further orders.
The Division Bench was dealing with a writ petition filed by an IIT aspirant Aishawarya Agarwal who had taken the examination. She in her writ petition told the Court that award of 18 bonus marks was arbitrary and wrong. She said that the statistics reveal the aftermath of the authorities action. Out of 1.59 lakh students who appeared for the examination, 50,455 were declared to be qualified for admission to various IITs this year. She contended that only 36,566 made it last year. The petitioner said that due to distribution of bonus marks, over 20,000 students who were not deserving, qualified for the cut-off. This had adversely affected several meritorious students, she said.