The Supreme Court today allowed IITs, NITs and other engineering colleges to go ahead with their admission process on the basis of JEE merit list and vacated its stay order given on July 7. The apex court bench headed by justice Dipal Misra, upheld IIT decision to award 18 bonus points awarded to all students for wrong questions in JEE (advance).

Earlier, the court had found faults in the premier engineering institution’s decision to award 18 bonus marks to students for wrong and vague questions in the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) paper and stayed the ongoing counselling and admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and all government-funded engineering colleges.

“The bench was examining IIT’s decision to award 18 bonus marks to all the candidates (11 marks for incorrect questions in Paper II and 7 marks for incorrect questions in Paper I) irrespective of whether they attempted the said questions or not,” according to a Times of India report.

Attorney general KK Venugopal, appearing for IIT, told the cour that re-evaluation of answer papers was not possible as 2.5 lakh students had taken the examination.

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The lawyer informed that court that two wrong questions were there in only one out of ten sets of question papers which was in Hindi Medium. Now, it is impossible to find out about students who opted to take entrance examination in Hindi.

Venugopal said that there were only two practical options available — either to continue with the bonus marks or to strike out the wrong questions.

“It is respectfully submitted that the relief is entirely against equity since the process of seat allocation is going on and around 33,000 candidates have already accepted the allotted seat and reported for physical verification of the documents. It is submitted that in case 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 and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutions) would be scrapped,” IIT said in its affidavit, claimed the TOI report.

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