On Friday the supreme court issued a stay order for all proceedings related to admissions in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Andhra Pradesh High Court which had directed the premier institute not to fill four seats which were offered to students from the state but were denied on the ground of poor percentile.
High court passed an order to IITs on July 8 after petition filed by candidates for top 20 percentile eligibility criteria. The four students had contended before the high court that the prescribed condition of successful candidates being within “top 20 percentile of successful candidates in class 12th examination conducted by the respective boards in applicable categories” was arbitrary and unreasonable.
The appeal was filed by the organising chairman of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (advanced) 2013, IIT Delhi, seeking stay of the interim order contending that the High Court completely ignored the terms and conditions of the JEE.
Senior advocate V Giri and advocate Madhu Smita Bora contended that the high court failed to appreciate that many deserving candidates would get adversely affected as a result of keeping four seats reserved for the respondent students who did not fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria for admission into the IIT.