Supreme Court gives green signal for IIT, NIT admissions

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court today gave a green signal to continue admission into premier institutes like IITs and NITs by lifting a stay order it had issued on July 7 based on a petition contesting grace marks awarded to candidates.

In a hearing on the petition filed by three students who have successfully cleared the JEE Advanced, the SC has given a go ahead for the admissions into the institutes today.

Earlier, the petitioners had alleged that they were not getting admissions into colleges of their choice as grace marks were awarded to all candidates irrespective of they attempting the questions or not. The bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar had thus ordered a stay on the counselling and also restrained High Courts from accepting any writ petition in the matter.

Representatives of  IITs had said disturbing the admission process would hamper 36,000 students in 97 institutes including IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutions).

The results of the JEE Advanced 2017 were declared on June 12. Of the total 2,20,000 students who had appeared for the test held on May 21, as many as 2700 aspirants were from Odisha. Around 300 Odia students had made it to the merit list.