The JEE Apex board, responsible for facilitating admissions through Joint Entrance Test, conducted a meeting in Guwahati on September 27, 2015 in lieu of the selection process for admission to engineering courses to all IITs. Few of the highlighted changes proposed and discussed among the board members in the meeting are below.
Increment in seats
As for the academic session to begin from 2016, eighteen IITs will be offering admissions to the students on the basis of JEE Advanced examination. The number of qualifying students will now rise to 2 lakh from previously set 1.5 lakh for writing Advanced examination.
One of the member of JEE Apex Board (JAB) said, “The number of seats available at the IITs has increased considerably as new IITs have also come into existence. But, over the past three years, only 1.5 lakh students could make it to the IIT-JEE (Advanced) exam which is conducted by the IITs. We wanted to ensure that more students could take the competitive examination as seats have remained vacant even this year.”
Around 10,000 ranks were awarded to fill up seats in the IITs across the country this year.
Scrapping Two-Tier System
In the year 2013, IIT admissions became a two-phase affair. The Union Ministry of HRD wanted to bring admissions to all prestigious engineering colleges under one roof, so they took the initiative to conduct a single entrance test for IITs and NITs. But when IIT Kanpur took the decision to quit the common entrance system and conduct its own admission test, MHRD at time, permitted IITs to hold a second test i.e., JEE Advanced.
JEE Apex Board has forwarded the proposal to IIT Council to take a call on merging the existing two-tier admission system into one, exclusively for the IIT aspirants. IIT Council is chaired by Union minister of HRD and all the directors of IIT are its members. The meeting of the council is slated to be held in October following the JAB meeting where both the proposals will be considered and debated.
One of the JAB members was of the view, “The HRD ministry is keen to hold a single entry admission test for all the engineering colleges. The IITs want their own entrance examination which will be conducted by each IIT in rotation from each of the seven zones. The two-tier admission system may remain in place till 2016. However, from 2017 onwards, a change is likely on the cards in the admission process to the country’s premier institutions. The final call will be taken by the IIT Council subsequently.”
Increasing Counselling Rounds
Till last year, only three rounds of counselling were conducted for admission to IITs. In the year 2016, eighteen IITs will offer admission on the basis of JEE advanced, so it has been proposed that more counselling rounds should be introduced.
In the ongoing academic session at IIT Kharagpur, somewhere around 30 seats remained empty in almost all the faculties and departments. A senior official said, “This is not the case only with IIT Kharagpur but all the IITs. The vacant seats include even those where students had paid the fees and taken admission but did not turn up.”
Further he added, “At the moment, cumbersome process leads to a waste of time that could be a reason why some IIT seats remain vacant. It also puts a lot of stress on candidates who have to hold their concentration for over a month from appearing in JEE Main to the IIT-JEE Advanced.”