SC halts admissions at all IITs and NITs

The order came on a plea by three students, who challenged the grace marks on the grounds that it had pushed them down the ranking. They objected to the fact that IIT had decided to grant bonus marks to all candidates who took the exam this year after the answer key to seven questions went missing.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 10:25 pm
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Aspirants seeking admissions into Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology across the country will have to wait. The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the admissions conducted from the merit list of this year’s Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2017, following a dispute over grace marks awarded to candidates.

“We are inclined to direct that no counselling or admission to the seats in IIT-JEE (Advanced) 2017 shall take place until further order,” said the bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar. The bench also restrained High Courts across the country from entertaining any plea in connection with the admission and counselling from today.

“It will affect admissions to all institutes which recruit from the IIT-JEE list,” counsel for the petitioner D K Devesh explained.

The order came on a plea by three students, who challenged the grace marks on the grounds that it had pushed them down the ranking. They objected to the fact that IIT had decided to grant bonus marks to all candidates who took the exam this year after the answer key to seven questions went missing. The petitioners contended that grace marks must have been given only to those who had attempted the question.

“When grace marks are given to those who did not attempt the questions, it puts those who attempted the question at a disadvantage. The latter spends two-three minutes attempting it while the former, who has not attempted it, uses this time for attempting other questions”, Devesh told The Indian Express.

IIT, however, opposed the contention in an affidavit filed in court. “It is respectfully submitted that the relief is entirely against equity since the process of seat allocation is going on and 29,425 candidates have already accepted the allotted seats and reported for physical verification of documents,” it said. “It is submitted that in case the 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 (Indian Institutes of Information Technology and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutions) would be hampered.”

During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal urged the court to suggest an equitable solution as there were a huge number of students who had taken examination.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for some of the candidates, said the action of the IITs in awarding “bonus marks” to candidates was “utterly wrong” and violated the right of all students.

The bench hinted that it may stick to its 2005 decision that in such situations, grace marks should be awarded only to those who had attempted the question.

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    Observer
    Jul 9, 2017 at 8:59 am
    Today 9th July is Guru Poornima Day. Tens of thousands off affected, suffering students as above would be wondering how why they should have so many poor quality Gurus entrusted with the task of evaluating their answer scripts in so many erroneous ways on one excuse or the other how can ineligible Gurus be entrusted with such responsible marks evaluation jobs? Why should so many students suffer markdowns in their many answer scripts. How can the authorities grant full grace marks to all the Amars,Akbars,Anthonys or Seetas, Geetas, Meetas who even did not attempt to answer the questions?And the authorities seem to say it is not possible to evaluate again so many lakhs of answer scripts. Some Gurus/Administrators have messed up badly up the CBSE exam/evaluation systems. Thorough revamp of these systems, procedures is urgently called for at the very earliest. And our Legal Gurus now have to broach urgently on the various course corrections needed badly in this context .
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      mohan
      Jul 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm
      Even the procedure of giving grace marks for attempting the wrong questions, out of syllabus questions, no answer key questions, etc., etc., should be avoided. Because , listen to me. An intelligent student will smell something fishy about that questions and avoid that question, if possible ,by choosing another question. If in his attempt he answers the latter question and gives wrong answer, he will loose that mark. Whereas a less intelligent student may, knowingly or inadvertently, choose the impugned question and get marks even if he just attempts it. He may do it deliberately also. So , the less intelligent student is rewarded for his dishonesty or cunning mentality or lower level of intelligence than the intelligent student who felt something fishy about that question . The intelligent student is punished. So the procedure should be to award marks to all candidates whether he attempted the question or not. In some cases, this may lead to more than 100 . Let it be .
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        Anup Jain
        Jul 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm
        I did not attempt the question but spent considerable time to understand the question. Why should I not get the grace marks as I also lost time. I could have used this time to solve another questions.
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          Sanjay Prasannan S.
          Jul 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm
          Correct.All must have worked out but they must left the problem fearing negative marks this case,All must be awarded Bonus marks.
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          adarsh royal
          Jul 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm
          can i jone
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