IIT Council will discuss on the proposal of scraping off JEE Advanced in its upcoming meet.
13th August 2018: The IIT Council is planning to revamp the education system of Indian Institute(s) of Technology in its upcoming IIT Council meeting. The meeting will be organized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on 21st August and a proposal to eliminate the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced will be discussed. JEE Advanced is a national level entrance examination for taking admission to engineering courses offered by IITs.
Aim of the Proposal
The proposal was made under the idea “Revamping Engineering Education and Returning Childhood to Students” which aims at checking the multi-million IIT coaching industry. The proposal has been given by some of the eminent IIT faculty members.
Important Points of the Proposal
- Eliminating the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced.
- Discontinuing the flagship B.Tech. programs.
- Introducing Post Graduate courses.
- IITs may choose select students from the list of toppers selected through JEE Main.
- Students would get an opportunity to complete a semester at IITs. This would be mentioned in their degrees which would further help them to get admission in PG courses offered at various IITs. Selection for semester experience would be done on the basis of NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) score.
- IITs would be converted into mentoring institutes where each IIT would be undertaking the responsibility of 100 colleges.
As per the HRD Ministry sources, the proposal will be discussed in the meeting but the officials have not said anything on the feasibility of its implementation.
What is the IIT Council?
IIT Council is the governing body of all the Indian Institutes of Technology. It comprises of Minister-in-charge of technical education (Chairman), 3 members of Parliament, Chairmen of all IITs, directors of all IITs, Chairman of UGC, Chairman of IISc, Director of IISc, Director General of CSIR, Joint Council Secretary of HRD Ministry, three appointees each of the Union Government, AICTE.