Supreme Court today vacated its stay order on the admission process to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) with relation to giving bonus marks to all candidates who appeared in the IIT-JEE (Advanced) 2017 examination. This move by Apex Court came as a huge relief for the students.
A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said the court was not inclined to interfere and was lifting its stay order of July 7, leaving numerous students who had cleared the IIT stranded in the middle of the counselling sessions.
The bench said that high courts should not entertain any petitions regarding this issue to “avoid any confusion”. The court issued a warning to the IIT authorities that such “kinds of errors in printing and framing of questions should not happen again”.
Bonus marks were given to compensate for wrong questions in two of the papers. They were granted irrespective of whether a candidate had answered these questions or not. The exam was conducted this year by the IIT Madras and the decision to give bonus marks were taken by it.