A condition prohibiting students who have joined an IIT from taking the JEE(Advanced) exam is valid.
KILLING IT WITH LOGIC, The Supreme Court maintained the requirement for the Joint Entrance Examination that a student who has already enrolled in an Indian Institute of Technology (IT) be exempt from taking the JEE(Advanced) Exam (Indian Institute of Technology Kharaghpur and others versus Soutrik Sarangi).
A court of Justices Uday Umesh Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat, and Bela M.Trivedi overturned a Calcutta High Court ruling that had declared the requirement arbitrary and discriminatory.
The Supreme Court upheld the IITs' appeal against the High Court's decision, ruling that the aforementioned requirement (Criterion 5 of the JEE(Advanced) 2020 Information Brochure) is legitimate.
The High Court ruled that banning an IT student from taking the JEE (Advanced) but allowing a non-IIT student to sit the exam was arbitrary and amounted to hostile discrimination.
The Supreme Court disagreed, stating that the prohibition was enforced for reasonable and justifiable grounds. The Court further stated that in academic subjects, greater weight should be given to domain experts' opinions, and judicial intervention should be kept to a minimum. The Supreme Court stated that the criteria were "designed to protect an important public resource, IIT seats."
"Getting a place in any of the 23 IITs rests on a distinct footing from securing a seat in a non-IIT school," the Court stated in its decision.