IIT Council Meeting JEE Advanced News: The Human Resource and Development Ministry had set up a 5-member panel to propose changes in the JEE Advanced (Examination). This was suggested after looking at the insufficient number of applicants who had qualified this year (in 2018). The IITs have now unanimously rejected the government-backed proposal at the IIT council meeting held in New Delhi today.
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HRD Ministry had decided to set up a five-member panel(IIT Council), headed by the IIT Madras Director to suggest changes to the JEE (Advanced) in the wake of an inadequate number of candidates qualifying the entrance test this year. Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT-Kanpur, Vineet Joshi, Director General of National Testing Agency, and Professor Kannan Moudgalya of IIT-Bombay were to be the other members of the committee. The proposal was also suggestive of abolishing the Bachelors in Technology courses of IITs and offer only post-graduate education.
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In the IIT Council meeting held in New Delhi today, the IITs have unanimously rejected the proposal to radically reform JEE Advanced. The IITs ruled that the JEE And IIT system had been built into an impressively large brand over the years and any kind of tampering with it was not permissible as the current system has been running smoothly.
The JEE Advanced is considered as one of the toughest examinations of the country and determines admission to IITs (Indian Institutes of Science) all over the country.
IIT directors and chairpersons held that the aim should be “to strengthen the current system rather than move in a direction that could undermine the credibility of the IITs and JEE in any way. The IITs together rejected the idea of the HRD ministry to set up a committee of experts to make JEE Advanced ‘more Scientific’ and to ‘reduce dependence on coaching centres’ and to change allocation system of selected students: from the branch of engineering to institution wise allocation.
According to the IITs Council, a change had already been made in the JEE system by going Online. The IIT council which is headed by the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar held its meeting in New Delhi on 21st August 2018. The ministry finally went with the view of the IITs and has also agreed for a demand of the IITs to relax fee for foreign students which currently stands at Rs. 6 Lakh per annum. The council has now allowed the of Board of Governors of each IIT to decide the fee for foreign students.