IIT JEE (Advanced) Counselling 2017 starts again, Supreme Court lifts ban

IIT JEE Advanced Counselling 2017

With Supreme Court (SC) earlier putting a stay on counselling and admission to IITs and other institutions related to JEE (Advanced) entrance examination, today after examining the whole issue, the court has lifted its ban.

Moreover, as reported by IANS, the bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, while vacating the stay, said that no High Court will entertain any plea on this issue.

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Here’s what the court 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.”

Why was the counselling process put on hold?

  • An IIT aspirant Aishwarya Agarwal, filed a petition to sought the court’s direction to declare that the action of awarding ‘bonus marks’ to the candidates who had appeared in the JEE (Advanced) 2017 examination was wrong and violated her right, as well as that of other students
  • Grace marks were given as the answer key to seven of the questions went missing. As an alternative, the petitioner said the institution should conduct fresh examination and prepare a fresh merit list or grant all students another opportunity to appear in the examination to be conducted next year
  • It further directed the Registrar Generals of the High Courts to inform by Saturday the nature of cases and the number of petitioners involved in respect of JEE-IIT (Advanced) pending before them, IANS reported. On June 30, the apex court had issued notice to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on a plea seeking quashing of the IIT-JEE 2017 rank list.

After vacating the stay, the apex court also said that it desires that errors, mistakes in the framing of questions and in the printing of question papers should not happen.

Further, the court order read, the extra marks were granted in the wake of a printing error in a Hindi language paper.