SC refuses to interfere in admission policy of NITs, others

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with the government policy for deciding the merit list of students seeking admission to B.Tech/BE courses in centrally-funded National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other institutions, based on marks obtained in 12th board exam and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).

A bench of Justices H L Dattu and Dipak Misra, however, agreed to hear the plea of parents of engineering aspirants, against the new “normalisation” policy determined by the NITs council recently.

The court said that it would deal with the merit of the case only after being satisfied that the new education policy violated fundamental rights of students.

Seeks Centre’s response

Even though, the bench noted, that similar pleas were made in different High Courts, they decided to seek response from the Centre on the writ petition. Around 25,000 students are selected every year for  the 30 NITs, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other top technology schools, besides the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

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