In order to promote IIT’s as a global education destination, the IIT Council decided to exempt foreign students from taking the JEE Main examination. JEE Main is the entrance examination conducted for the admission of the students for the engineering programme. Candidates who qualify JEE Main will be eligible to apply for JEE Advanced which is the entrance for the admission to IIT’s.
The new rule of exempting the foreign students from taking the JEE Mains also applied to OCI cardholders who have the Overseas Citizenship of India.
The IIT council chaired by the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokriyal has also decided to increase the fee for the M.Tech courses. The council which meets once a year to discuss the functional and administrative aspects of the IIT’s decided that encouraging foreign students to study at IIT’s which was one of the major agendas of the council meeting which was held on Friday. Along with reducing the selection test, the council also decided to offer scholarships to such students.
A senior official from the council stated that IIT’s will be preparing a scheme for providing scholarships to the bright foreign students to study at the institutions. The IIT’s will also explore the possibility of offering online programmes to students in India and abroad.
The council has also decided to relax the recruitment rules for foreign faculty. The official stated that the process for recruiting foreign faculty will be continued by liberalizing the present regulatory process.
Early Exit for IIT students
The HRD Minister has also approved the proposal for academically weak students in IIT’s to have an option of exiting in three years with a B.Sc Degree. The proposal to introduce an early exit was approved at the Council of IIT meeting which was conducted by the Minister.
An official at the ministry stated that the students who are academically weak and not able to secure the required credits for promotion to the next semester will now be allowed to exit with a degree programme after the second semester rather than being forced out of the programme entirely.
B. Tech students until now were supposed to complete eight semesters in order to receive their graduate degree but with an early exit, option students will now have the choice to opt for a B.Es degree instead after they complete the second semester and leave after three years. This will be possible only if they meet a set of minimum academic criteria.REGISTER FOR RESULTS UPDATES