Indian Institute of Technology Council is highest government nominated body of 16 IITS. This team had hosted 49th council meeting, HRD Minister SmritiIrani had chaired this meeting.
Here are some top agenda to look forward from this meet.
1. Hold on Fee Hike
Current fee structure is Rs 90,000 per year which was proposed to increase to 2.65 lakh. This proposal was made by council in year 2011 to cover other recurring expense of IIT. But ministry has put this decision on hold and will be working on it. No time line is set for this change though.
2. Waiving off fee for physically challenged students and more scholarship for economically poor students.
Ministry had waived off fees for physically challenged students, they also announced this in twitter “Happy to report that IIT Council has decided to waive off fees for our physically challenged students”. Also it has proposed to provide scholarships to economically weak students.
3. Single Entrance Exam format proposal
As per feedback by council team current entrance process is time consuming and clumsy resulting to less time on counseling sessions. Hence they have proposed for single entrance exam which can also help students too. So the team has requested core team to work on this proposal and propose it by end of November.
4. Increase the quota of students appearing in JEE Advance
Team has also taken step to increase the number of students appearing to JEE Advance from 1.5 Lakh to 2 Lakh. The proposal was put forth by IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) in September. This proposal is made based on 200 vacant seats in IIT and 3 more IIT will be in started by next academic year.
5. Forming Peer-group Assisted Learning (PAL)
The council has also decided to put in place, Peer-group Assisted Learning (PAL) to help students in their academics by involving bright senior students. These senior students will hand-hold the weak students to meet the challenges of rigorous and intensive education system. The plan also involves admitting foreign students especially from SAARC and African countries.
The decision was taken in light of higher drop-out rates by IIT students. As per HRD around 228 students dropped from IITs in the academic year 2014-15 facing various problems but the highest being ‘academic stress’.