“Accordingly, we dispose of this writ petition with liberty to the petitioners to make representation before the appropriate authority of respondent number two (Chairman, Joint Admission Board), in the first place,” mentioned the bench, additionally comprising justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar.
The bench mentioned in its order that the representation be determined expeditiously, ideally before the deadline of submission of software of JEE (Advanced) 2021.
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“We are not expressing any opinion one way or the other with regard to the correctness of the claim set up in the present petition,” it mentioned, including, “All questions of law are left open”
The high courtroom was listening to a petition, filed by 5 students, who had handed class XII examinations within the educational 12 months 2018-19 and mentioned as per the standards set within the 2021 data brochure, the JEE (Advanced) 2020 was their closing try to safe admission into establishments of excellence similar to IIT.
The petitioners had mentioned they’ve cleared the JEE Mains examination in 2021 however are aggrieved by a clause within the brochure that requires a candidate to take the examination solely inside two years of clearing their 10+2 or equal examination, although age restrict as per the clause is 25 years.
They had sought the apex courtroom’s course that ineligibility prescribed in criterion 4 of clause 11 of the data brochure insofar because it renders candidates who cleared class XII in 2019 ineligible from having the ability to seem in JEE (Advanced) 2021 even after qualifying JEE Mains, is “arbitrary and violative” of Article 14 of the Constitution.
The plea, filed by way of advocate Sumanth Nookala, additionally sought a course to the involved authorities to think about the likelihood to accommodate the petitioners and people, who’ve certified JEE Mains 2021 of their third try, to seem for JEE (Advanced) examination 2021 scheduled subsequent month as a matter of “just and fair chance”.
The plea mentioned the petitioners had registered and appeared for JEE (Advanced) examination carried out in September final 12 months, however couldn’t carry out effectively due to extreme disruptions in preparation attributable to COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown amongst different circumstances.
“This indulgence is sought for as a matter of a career saving opportunity, as the circumstances of the petitioners was no different from the absentees who have now availed the benefit of directly appearing for the JEE (Advance) 2021 conferred to them by the Joint Admission Board vide its press release dated October 13, 2020,” it mentioned.
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