Chennai: The Hon’ble High Court of Madras has ordered the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to stick to original instructions and give preference to candidates who have answered in exact numerical value in decimal notation, rounding off to second decimal place, overcandidates who answered by rounding off values to one decimal point or without any decimal notation.
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The official website of JoSAA has just announced the temporary suspension of seat allotment, document verification, seat acceptance at reporting centres until appropriate orders are received in Writ appeal with respect to orders passed by the Madras High Court on 2nd July 2018.
The Plea has been moved by L Laxmi Sree who had appeared for the JEE Advanced in Chennai on 20th May 2018. Justice S Vaidhyanathan accepted the plea and the court passed an interim order directing the authorities to evaluate the papers only based on original instructions and if evaluation was made based on the clarification, allotment of seats should not be made till further orders.
During the JEE Advanced 2018, candidates were instructed to answer in correct numerical value in decimal notation rounded off to the second decimal place. The Instructions were made clear stating that marks will be awarded only to those who have answered as per the instructions.
The petitioner, L Laxmi Sree spent enough time to answer the questions by entering correct numerical value in decimal notation rounding off to second decimal. However, some candidates had answered with one decimal or with no decimal notation. The petitioner, then wrote an email to the concerned authorities stating that the candidates who had not followed the original instructions would affect the ranks and marks of those who had adhered to the instructions. With no reply in time, she had to finally approach the high court.
However, when the plea was taken up in court, the concerned authorities argued that evaluation both ways would not affect the total number of candidates selected. The High court judge accepted the plea noting that by giving preference to candidates like the petitioner, the total number of candidates who have been selected are not going to be altered, instead, their rankings alone would be changed.
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