SC lifts stay on JoSAA counselling 2017; admissions to go as scheduled
Bachan Thakur, 10 Jul 2017, #JEE Advanced
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The Supreme Court has lifted the stay on JoSAA 2017 counselling for admission to IITs, NIT, IIITs and GFTIs, today on July 10. As per the apex court’s decision, the admission procedure for JEE Main and JEE Advanced will now go on as per the JoSAA schedule. According to the revised schedule of JoSAA, the seat allotment for round III has been announced on July 10, while the schedule for rest of the rounds will be announced soon. Click Here to check the seat allotment result of JoSAA 2017 round III. This move of lifting the stay on the admission process of JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2017 has come as a relief to thousands of candidates who had confirmed their admissions into the IITs and NITs+System in the 2 rounds of seat allotment and to all those who have been shortlisted for the admission process.


Earlier, on July 7, the SC had put on hold the counselling of JEE Advanced and JEE Main 2017 in the wake of a writ petition filed by IIT aspirant Aishwarya Agarwal against the awarding of bonus marks to all JEE Advanced 2017 candidates. Careers360 had reported on the same. 


Court asks IITs for Undertaking


While lifting the suspension of JoSAA counselling and seat allotment, the bench comprising Justice M M Shantanagoudar and A M Khanwilkar and headed by Justice Dipak Misra has asked the IITs to give an undertaking to ensure that such mistakes will not occur in the future wherein bonus marks have to be awarded to students. Representing the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Attorney General K K Venugopal has ensured the court that such a situation will not arise in the future.


Since the stay has been lifted now by the apex court, the High Courts (HCs) will have to restrain from entertaining any writ petition with respect to the counselling and admission process of IITs and NITs, regarding which the apex court had already directed the HCs on Friday.


Status of JoSAA 2017 Seat Allotment Rounds


Earlier, the decision of stay had come on the same day (July 7), just before the third round of seat allotment was scheduled to be announced. The result of the first and second round of the joint seat allotment was announced on June 28 and July 4 respectively. Out of the total 36,208 seats offered in the first round, 29415 seats were accepted, while 6,799 seats remained vacant across IIT and NITs+System. Following this, in the second round of joint seat allocation, a total of 3,235 seat have remained unoccupied. This means that the further rounds of counselling and seat allotment will be conducted to offer admission to these remaining 3,235 seats.


Case - Aishwarya Agarwal Vs. Union of India


The decision of stay on July 7 by the SC on the further admission process of IITs and NITs+System was against the case “Aishwarya Agarwal Vs. Union of India”, filed by the petitioner on June 28 under Section X with respect to the unfairly awarding of 18 bonus marks to all the candidates who had taken JEE Advanced 2017.


In her petition, Aishwarya had claimed that the awarding bonus marks awarded to all candidates who had taken the entrance test for IIT admission was incorrect and violated her as well as other students’ rights. She further argued in the petition that bonus marks must be awarded only to those candidates who had attempted the respective questions and not to all candidates. The petitioner also claimed that the awarding of bonus marks had impacted her ranking in the merit list which would further steal away her admission chances at the institutes of her choice.


What does the answer key of JEE Advanced 2017 say?


It must be noted that on June 11, in the JEE Advanced 2017 official answer key, 18 bonus marks were awarded to all the candidates who had taken the engineering entrance test on May 21 for admissions to the IITs. Out of the bonus marks given to all candidates, 7 marks were awarded to candidates due to printing inconsistency in Paper I, while against the 3 questions in Paper II, 11 marks were given.


JEE Advanced 2017 was conducted by IIT Madras on May 21 wherein Paper I was held from 9 am to 12 pm, while Paper II was conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. Out of the 1,59,540 candidates who had taken JEE Advanced this year, as many as 50,455 have qualified and made it to the rank list across all categories.


Stay tuned to for more news and updates on JoSAA Counselling and Seat Allotment 2018.


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