All proposals to revamp the JEE Advanced exam has been unanimously rejected by the IIT council at the meeting held at IIT Delhi today. The IIT council, the highest decision-making body for the IITs met today, however, they gave a nod of rejection to all the proposals in the direction of taking down or reforming the JEE Advanced examination. In the meeting, the IIT Directors, and Chairpersons underlined that the aim should be to strengthen the current system.
It was made clear that no such proposals which might undermine the credibility of the IITs and the JEE in any way will be acceptable. There were proposals to form a panel which could make the JEE Advanced ’more scientific’ and ‘reduce dependence on coaching centers’. In addition to that, there was one more proposal – to let the selected students choose their preferred college and rather than the branch of study. Both these proposals faced rejection at the IIT council meeting.
Various important decisions were taken including, to popularize IIT- Pal for the benefit of #IIT aspirants to crack entrance examination. It would be further extended, & would be made available along with handholding support through @SWAYAMMHRD portal. https://t.co/PZrBq50tko
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) August 20, 2018
Other proposals that suggested doing away with the B.Tech courses and scrapping the JEE Advanced examination were vetoed at the meeting.
As per many reports, the majority members in the council said that a change has already been made in the JEE system by changing the conducting body and going completely online. Right now, there are rooms for improvement in questions but not for any radical reforms.
The Changes That Got Green Flag In The Meeting
Apart from the radical proposals, there were few that got a green signal in the meeting. IIT Council agreed to a key demand by the IITs to relax fee for foreign students which currently stands at Rs 6 lakh per annum. The Council has now allowed each IIt’s Board of Governors to decide on the fee for foreign students.
In addition to that, the IIT PAL or IIT Professor Assisted Learning lectures would be made accessible to students preparing for JEE Advanced on SWAYAM portal.
Also, there were discussions on the construction of campuses of new IITs. A committee would be set up which would comprise of directors from IIT Delhi, Hyderabad and Tirupati to further discuss the construction and infrastructural development in IITs. Further, there were talks on organising an annual Tech Fest to demonstrate and showcase various innovations and technologies developed by various IITs.
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