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Delhi High Court Rejects PIL over IIT admissions

delhi courtAccepting the Technical Committee view for Common Seat Allocation only from 2015, the Delhi High Court on Friday rejected an application filed by Prof. Rajeev Kumar seeking interference with the admission process for academic year 2014-15.

In a detailed judgment, the High Court accepted the contention on behalf of IIT Kharagpur that the issue of Common Counseling was being examined by a Technical Committee constituted by MHRD, consisting of representatives of IITs, NITs and NIC and that common seat allocation can be implemented only from 2015, which is contrary to media reports appeared in some newspapers.

The Court has declined to extend the already completed admissions of the IITs as the NIT process is not yet over. The Court appreciated the view that IITs have a very thorough process and have already started their academic session in time. The Court had some additional queries on whether SC/ST seats that remain vacant can be converted to general category seats and whether lateral entry can be made in the second year to fill up vacant seats.

It has been held that Prof. Rajeev Kumar had wrongly alleged that hundreds of seats remain vacant at IITs due to students taking up admissions at NITs, and had sought a direction that the Joint Seat Acceptance Process be implemented for Admissions 2014.

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