The Supreme Court today vacated the stay and gave the go ahead for the counselling for admissions in IITs and NITs. The court also directed the high courts not to interfere in the ongoing admission and counselling process. The Bench also told the IITs to give an undertaking that mistakes would not arise where a situation to award bonus marks would have to be made.
33,000 candidates have already taken admissions in various IITs across the country.
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.
"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, NIITs, IIITs and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutions) would be scrapped," IIT said in its affidavit.