In a decision that will bring relief to thousands of engineering aspirants who participated in JoSAA counselling, the Supreme Court has given a green signal to the IIT admission process. The Court has lifted the stay on IIT admissions and has asked the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) to continue with the counselling process. IIT admissions had been put on hold by the Court over the bonus marks controversy.
IIT JEE Advanced 2017 – Bonus Marks Controversy
On July 7, hearing the petition filed by two engineering aspirants, the apex court had directed JoSAA to put on hold the IIT counselling process until further orders because 18 bonus marks had been awarded by the IITs (7 marks in Paper 1 and 11 marks in Paper 2) to all the candidates for ambiguous questions. In the petition filed in the SC, the candidates alleged that it was unfair to award the bonus marks to all the candidates as it had a negative impact on their rankings and they won’t be able to get admission in the college of their choice. In addition to suspending the JEE counselling, the SC had also restrained the high courts from entertaining any writ petitions on this matter.
The IIT in its argument said that the decision to award the bonus marks was taken after weighing all the other options. It said that the decision was taken by an expert committee to ensure that no candidate was discriminated against. Taking note of the fact that if the ongoing IIT admission process is disturbed, it would cause a lot of inconvenience to the engineering aspirants and would jeopardise their future, the Court today dismissed the petition.
It must be noted that the JoSAA has already completed two rounds of counselling and has allotted seats in IITs, NIT, IIITs and other engineering colleges across the country. With the removal of stay on IIT counselling, the JoSAA will soon start the third round of counselling.