IISERs, NITs and IITs to have common counselling from next year

From next year, the HRD Ministry has allowed a common counseling for admission to seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) along with IITs and NITs. The decision was taken by the HRD Ministry on Thursday. Last year, common counseling was introduced by IITs/NITs.

Although IISER was very much interested in starting a common counseling from this year itself, but the Ministry was in no rush to do that. It said, “ We advised caution. It is a good idea. Common counseling has found support among students.”

In the seven IISERs, there are 1,120 seats in total. Out of which, 200 each in the five campuses in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Trvivandrum and 60 seats in the new centre of Tirupati and Behrampur.

The way it happens in the IITs, it has been decided that 15% of the supernumerary strength of each of the IISER will be made available to the foreign students. But, the students will also have to clear the joint entrance test. There are only three ways through which Indian students get into IISER- by clearing the JEE, bagging Kishore Vaigyanik Protshahan Yojna (KVPY) awards or by being in the top 1% of each of the school board, which also includes the CBSE.

The fee charged from the NRI students studying in India will be the same as that of the amount which is charged by the Indian students. According to a source, “Foreign nationals will also be allowed admission for Post Doctoral research. They will have to fulfill all the existing criteria.”

IISER, which was started during UPA-1 has made a mark by doing research in the required fields, and mostly in the field of biotechnology. A senior official said, “”In ranking and research, IISERs are just below Indian Institute of Science. In terms of output, each IISER has about six or seven US patents and also have on an average 1,000 research papers published in international-refereed journals.”

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