HRD Min Hikes IIT Fee to 2 L a Year, Tweaks JEE Norms

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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.

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