Five major changes made by IIT Council
Indian Institute of Technology Council in its 49th meeting on Tuesday, which was headed by Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, has decided to bring five major changes to boost the productivity of the institute.
- Increment in course fee put on hold
- Course fee for physically handicapped students waived off, economically weaker students will get more scholarship
- Single entrance test proposal for IITs
- Increment in students quota appearing for JEE Advanced
- Peer-group Assisted Learning (PAL) approved by Council
According to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, the decision on hike in course fee is a sensitive topic and ministry can’t afford to take decision on fee hike this quickly.
Recommendations were made by IITs to the Council to hike the course fee by 150 percent. The proposal to increase the current fee of INR 90,000 per year to 2.5 lakh per year has been put on hold by the council.
The council has decided to waive the course fee for physical handicapped students. There will be some more scholarship provided to the students who are financially weak.
IIT council has decided to set up a core committee to research and evaluate the proposal to conduct single entrance test for IITs admission. This proposal is likely to be executed in the first week of November.
At present, students have to go through two entrance test namely, JEE Main and JEE Advanced. For admission in IITs students have to qualify only IIT Main exam.
The proposal for the increment in the quota of students appearing of JEE Advanced has been approved by IIT Council. As per the IIT joint admission board's (JAB) proposal, the council has decided to increase the quota of students appearing for JEE (advanced) from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh.
During the meeting, IIT council has also approved the establishment of Peer-group Assisted Learning (PAL) programme. In this PAL scheme, students will get help in their academics by their seniors. Council is also planning to involve foreign students especially from African countries and SAARC in this programme.