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IIT Council wants one test for engineering colleges
Gives nod to four-fold fee hike at the premier institute
Aditi Tandon/TNS

New Delhi, September 14
The IIT Council, the supreme decision-making body on matters concerning the premier institute, today took two major decisions — one to introduce a single entrance test for all engineering colleges across India by 2013 to de-stress students; another to raise annual fees at IITs from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh to ease the financial burden on themselves.

At the council meeting chaired by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, it was decided in principle that from 2013, admission to all engineering institutes — IITs, NITs, state and private — would happen through a single test which will generate a merit list based on combined weightages of the Class XII marks and aptitude test scores of students. The aptitude test will be part of the national test and will judge a student for analytical abilities and not subject knowledge. The test structure has been proposed by the Ramasamy panel whose report the government placed before the council today.

Sibal explained after the meeting, “We want to open all engineering colleges to the poorest of children and end the coaching business which only helps those who can pay.” The government has asked experts of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, to evolve a formula whereby Class XII marks obtained by students across all 42 boards in India could be equalised. “The ISI has used past data of board results of the last four years to show that equalisation is possible. We can then decide what weightage to give to the Class XII marks and the aptitude test.” The single test proposal will now be discussed with states and then taken to the Central Advisory Board of Education, the highest decision-making body on education in India.

The second decision of the council is a nod to four-fold fee hike (from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh) at the IITs. Upon entry and during study period, a student would have to pay the existing Rs 50,000 annual fee. The balance Rs 1.5 lakh will be recovered later when he gets employed.

What is proposed

  • No JEE for IIT entry once the proposal rolls by 2013
  • Single test proposal to be discussed with states
  • Final score to be based on Class XII, aptitude test scores
  • Fee to go up from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh a year in IITs
  • Students to pay Rs 50,000 annual fee as long as they study
  • Balance fee to be recovered once students find jobs
  • Fee hike proposal subject to Finance Ministry’s nod





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