Madras HC clears way for admissions to IITs

Bench stays order of single judge

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday paved the way for resumption of the admission process in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). It stayed a July 5 order passed by a single judge directing IIT-Kanpur to redraw the rank list for the JEE Advanced 2018.

Passing an interim order on a writ appeal preferred by IIT-Kanpur, Justices Huluvadi G. Ramesh and M. Dhandapani said the single judge’s direction appeared to be “totally unwarranted,” especially when the writ petitioner had already secured a mechanical engineering seat in IIT-Kanpur.

The single judge, allowing a writ petition filed by L. Lakshmi Sree, 17, of Chennai had ordered that preference be accorded in the rank list to candidates who had strictly complied with the instruction to give all numerical answers up to the second decimal place and had used two decimal places even for questions which could have simply been answered with an integer.

Assailing the decision, senior counsel Vijay Narayan, representing the appellant, said the conduct of IIT JEE was a mammoth exercise with about 10 lakh students participating in the main examination and about 1.55 lakh taking up the JEE Advanced. Of them, about 1.52 lakh candidates were selected for allocation of seats in various institutes.

“Now, how do I give preference in the rank list? I will have to rework on 1.52 lakh answer sheets and it will take another six months,” Mr. Narayan contended.

He recalled that IIT-Kanpur had issued a clarification on May 21, a day after the examinations, stating that if answers to certain questions were in integers, then the candidates who had answered it without decimal notations would also be awarded full marks. It was this clarification which had been challenged by the writ petitioner.

Source: The Hindu

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