Red signal to Joint counselling for IITs and IISERs

Even now, it seems like IITs trying to remain adamant towards its decision! The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) persist to resist the proposal of 7 Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) for joint counselling. The proposal was forwarded by IISER for joining the JEE (Advanced) counselling procedure.

The proposal was first made in 2016, but the IITs disagreed. Now all over again, on 20th August, the whole matter was taken into consideration at the meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) held in Chennai. JAB is accountable for outlining the exam policy for JEE (Advanced). As per the recent discussion, the IITs have continued to stay unsure about sharing their counselling process which has always been the domain of the 23 leading engineering schools.

The IISERs are a group of premier science education and research institutes in India. Presently, the IISERs conduct their own counselling sessions, a week after the common counselling (JoSAA) by IITs and NITs. There are approximately 1,200 seats across 7 IISERs. namely, Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune and Tirupati. In the IISERs, about 10% seats are filled through the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, approximately 40% students come from the JEE-Advanced merit list and the remaining seats are filled through the IISER Aptitude Test.

The IITs are independent public institutes of higher education, located in India. Under the counselling process, the candidates are permitted to select an institution and a course at one place without visiting each institution individually. At present, the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the IITs conduct common counselling for admissions to B.Tech courses wherein the students are given admissions to the NITs and IITs based on their JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) scores respectively.

Owing to the various rounds of counselling by IITs and NITs, the academic schedule of the IISERs gets affected and in order to prevent this, the 7 institutes are ardent on admitting students through the common counselling.

During the meeting, the IITs said, “The counselling process based on JEE (Advanced) ranks is expected to cater to admission need of IITs only and, if at all, any other institute is to be allowed to join this platform then the matter should be passed in the Senates of all IITs.” The Senate is the top decision-making body in each IIT for upholding standards of instruction, education and examination in all the institutes of IITs.

A source said, “There is a feeling that permitting IISERs to admit students along with the IITs could dilute the JEE (Advanced) brand and, maybe, a few candidates might opt for an IISER over, say, one of the newer IITs.”

While considering the urges made by the HRD Ministry to impulse IITs to give consent to the proposal, JAB has decided to set up a committee with official representatives from both IITs and IISERs to determine a solution.

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