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The proposal of the Human Resource Department in the view of scraping JEE Advanced has been vetoed unanimously by the IIT Council members. On the meeting held on Monday, August 20, 2018, at New Delhi, the Council, as well as the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, rejected the proposal. The council also included other officials from the ministry along with directors of IITs and Chairpersons.
The Indian Institute of Technology Council endeavored to revamp the education system of Engineering in IIT by suggesting measures that included scrapping B.Tech as well as JEE Advanced in order to lessen the dependence on coaching classes and redesign the allocation of selected students.
However, the council firmly held their point that IIT system and JEE have turned out to become a brand in itself over the years and the council did not wish in bringing about any formidable changes in the format of its conduct.
As per the press report released by the Human Resource Ministry, Prakash Javadekar, the HRD minister, giving his inputs in the matter stated that the council did not foresee in bringing about any considerable changes in the pattern of JEE Advanced system conduction.
The JEE Advanced entrance is the determining factor for candidates who seek admission to top IITs. At the same time, it is considered one of the toughest examination in the country. Reasoning this, there has been a considerable rise in the number of vacant seats prevalent since past few years.
As per reports accumulated, brings to picture the fact that only 13,189 aspirants could crack the JEE advanced in 2018 in comparison to 51,040 candidates in 2017. Following these figures, IIT Kanpur, the convening institute of JEE-Advanced following the direction from the ministry, released an extended merit list which added on 13,850 more aspirants in gaining a seat in IITs.
The proposed modifications have created quite a stir amongst the ministry and council. While a section of government is opined in their stance of reforming the existing pattern, the proposal failed to see the day’s light in the meeting. The ministry was of the opinion which held affirm that the JEE system had already brought about changes by going online and bringing any more changes will only further the trouble for candidates.
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A director from amongst the older IITs in a condition of anonymity stated,” It’s not just IITs but also many members from the council did not favor the reforms. Hence the proposal has been kept on standby.”
However, the government intended in setting up a separate committee for looking into this issue for making the JEE Advanced examination more scientific and for reducing the dependency on coaching classes or scrapping it permanently.
"Some members from the ministry had suggested scrapping of JEE Advanced which was taken up by the council in the meeting held on Monday. However, the plan was neither supported by the minister nor the IITs", stated the director.
The HRD Ministry in the press release has mentioned that there won’t be any revision in the tuition fee charged from the undergraduate students studying at IITs. It further added that the board of governors of each individual IITs has been empowered in revising the fee for international students.
Apart from the issues concerning revamping of Engineering education by doing away with JEE Advanced, scrapping B.Tech programs from IITs and allocation of seats, the proposal also brought across other agendas. This included the demand for fee relaxation in order to attract more foreign students in taking admission in the Indian Institute of Technology was stated the director.
As per reports, the present fee slab for foreign students stands at an amount of Rs 6 lakhs per annum which is viewed as being too steep by many. The IIT council is empowered in looking into the matter and deciding the fees revision for students from abroad.
The ministry in the meeting held on Monday also raised the agenda wherein, the IITs were asked to recruit more foreign faculty in addition to enhancing research. This could be done by bringing about citations from reputed global journals.
The ministry further suggested the council to include an adequate number of candidates from the reserved category of SC/ ST and OBC sections. Stated Javadekar, “in the lieu of bringing about a proactive action, we have filled 11,961 seats this year in comparison to 10,876 seats in the year 2017.”
As of the now the proposal is put on hold and is being worked in confidentiality. It is yet to see what the ministry’s decision in matters will be surrounding this and how will it bring about changes in the engineering education pattern.
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