IITs to continue BTech programmes; no changes in JEE (Advanced)

NEW DELHI: The Council of IITs rejected the proposal to set up an expert committee to suggest measures for reforms in the JEE (advanced) process. It also rejected the proposal for “allocation of only to an institute” instead of the present practice of allocation of only to an institute” instead of the present practice of allocation of branch of engineering during the centralised undergraduate counselling/ admission on Monday. Among the major decisions taken in the 52nd Council meeting is to empower the IITs to individually decide the fee structure for foreign students, no fee hike for undergraduate studies at the IITs and, as first reported by TOI, “joint effort for recruitment of foreign faculty in the IIT system.”  “There will be no revision in tuition fee charged from undergraduate students in IITs.  The council did not consider any changes in the JEE (Advanced),” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI here. “The IIT Pal designed to help students in preparing for JEE would be further extended and would be made available with hand holding support from SWAYAM,” he added.

With regards to the JEE (Advanced) there was a proposal to set up an expert committee to address the concerns of  dependence on the coaching centres and “to develop a robust and scientifically designed entrance exam system to test the potential candidates…” The another proposal that “instead of making allocation of  branch, there should be allocation if only to an institute, based on their preference and merit at the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) level.”

“The Council decided that there is no need for a separate committee. We are improving the exams and the Joint Admission Board is doing the reforms. Last year only the exam went completely online. On the matter of allocation of institute instead of branch during JoSAA counselling, many IITs didn’t feel it’s a good idea,” said Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director, IIT-Madras.

Source  : timesofindia

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