HRD Min Hikes IIT Fee to 2 L a Year, Tweaks JEE Norms
Our Political Bureau
New Delhi: Announcing major changes in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for 2017 — the exam that determines admissions to all IITs, NITs and all major engineering colleges, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Thursday issued a statement announcing that it is doing away with the 40% weightage to Class XII scores for calculation of ranks for JEE Main and also effecting a fee hike in IITsfrom .₹ 90,000 per annum to .₹ 2 lakh per annum.
The last fee hike at IITs was effected in 2013 taking it up from .₹ 50,000 per annum to .₹ 90,000. The 40% weightage to Class XII marks were introduced under the UPA by Kapil Sibal as HRD minister in a bid to bring greater emphasis on school education and check coaching.
However, based on the recommendations made by the Ashok Misra committee set up last year, the HRD ministry on Thursday announced dispensing with the 40% weightage rule, but also emphasised that “performance of the students in the 12th Class Examination shall be a crucial parameter for determining the eligibility of the student for the JEE examination”.
To qualify for JEE 2017, a candidate will now have to secure at least 75% marks or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th Class Examination conducted by their respective Boards. For SC/ST students this condition shall be relaxed to 65% marks. Also acting on the recommendations of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council (SCIC), the ministry has agreed to a fee hike at IITs to ensure that “the cost of maintenance of the IITs is to be met largely from the student fee”. With about 80,000 students at IITs, the total cost estimate of salary heads and maintenance works to around .₹ 2,500 crore.
As per the ministry statement, on an average, the government is spending about .₹ 6 lakh per year on each student in the IITs. While the SCIC had recommended a fee hike up to .₹ 3 lakh per annum, the ministry has agreed only for a hike up to .₹ 2 lakh in view of student interest, it said.