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self-study : report
By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : Fifty-two per cent of students who qualified IIT's
advanced entrance exam (JEE Advanced) this year were self-taught and
took no coaching, says an analysis done by IIT (Guwahati).
The analysis said that 5,539 students (52.4%) out of the 10,576 who
got admission to IITs had studied on their own. Those who went to
coaching centres comprised 44.5% (4,711) of successful candidates. The
remaining 2% either took individual tuitions or did correspondence
According to the IIT (Guwahati), the nodal
institute that conducted the Advanced JEE this year in collaboration
with the CBSE the IITs are still urban-centric with 75% of successful
students coming from cities and the rest from rural areas. This is also
indicated by the occupation of the parents.
Of the 36,566 who qualified for admission into IITs, NITs, IIITs and
other government-funded technical institutions, parents of 10,200 are in
government service followed by 5,814 in business, 4,097 in private jobs,
3,213 in agriculture, 2,018 in public sector, 1,700 in teaching or
Parents of 327 students practised law, 59 are in the pharmacy sector
and only 21 are architects.
Rajasthan known for its IIT coaching centres in Kota has contributed
the maximum -- 1646 students -- this year. An IIT director pointed out
that Tamil Nadu which once contributed a lot to IITs is surprisingly not
among the top 12 states.
Students going to CBSE-affiliated schools have done the best
IIT-Guwahati also did an analysis of educational qualification of
parents whose children qualified for joint counselling to IITs, NITs,
IIITs and other government-funded technical institutes. A little over
1,000 were illiterate, 5,090 matriculate, 14,619 graduate and 8,893
postgraduates. Educational data of over 5,000 parents was not available.
Analysis also shows that parental annual income of 6,929 successful
students was up to Rs 1 lakh.
A similar but more exhaustive analysis
conducted by IIT-Kharagpur, the nodal organisation for JEE-2014, that an
overwhelming 63 per cent students who cleared JEE (advanced) did
it without joining coaching institutes.
A report by the IIT Kharagpur, which conducted JEE-Advanced
revealed that more than 50 per cent of IIT aspirants from almost all the
zones cleared the tests by preparing on their own.
Out of 1,582 students who cleared the test from the Guwahati zone of the
IITs, 998 (63.08 per cent) did so by going solus, or self preparation.
Among the 6,528 students qualified from the Bombay zone, 3,509 (53.75
per cent) shunned the “other mode” of preparation, which apparently
included attending classes in coaching institutes.
Similarly, 2,568 (56.05 per cent) out of 4,582 who cleared the test from
the Delhi zone did it all by themselves, as did 1,865 (60.14 per cent)
out of 3,101 in Kharagpur zone and 1,469 (56.35 per cent) out of 2,607
in Roorkee zone.
The Madras zone remained an exception to this trend, with a mere 2,152
(37.57 per cent) out of 5,728 successful students telling the IITs that
they had chosen the “other modes” over self preparation.
The statistics showed students from the Central Board of Secondary
Education (CBSE) virtually dominated the tests, with 14,955 (55.08 per
cent) successful students out of 27,152 belonging to CBSE affiliated
It also revealed that the number of girls qualifying to pursue technical
courses at the premier institutions remained low this year with just
11.08 per cent success rate.
Similarly, a mere 9.77 per cent students from the rural areas succeeded
in the tests. At 2,654, their numbers were dwarfed by the massive 24,498
from the urban centres.
IIT-Kharagpur was the convenor of the test in which over 1.19 lakh
The report showed that the number of students from the southern states
qualifying for admission to the IITs had increased in the previous one year
compared to their northern counterparts, with the exception of Bihar,
Maharashtra and Gujarat.
A comparative analysis of the data indicates that the number of
students from Karnataka who qualified in the nation-wide test was almost
double (47.95 per cent) in 2014, compared to 2013. Kerala saw an
increase of 61 per cent.
As many as 506 students from Karnataka qualified in JEE-Advance in 2014
as against 342 last year. From Kerala, a total of 475 candidates figured
in the merit list this year against 295 last year.
Andhra Pradesh, from where the highest number of candidates (4,975)
qualified this year, witnessed an increase in the number of students
making it to the all-India merit list by 34.53 per cent. In 2013, a
total of 3,698 students had qualified from the state.
Tamil Nadu too witnessed an increase in the number of students
qualifying this year. As many as 603 students from the state figured in
the list of successful candidates, against 450 in 2013.
The IITs admitted 9,784 students, out of a total 27,152 candidates who
figured in the all India merit list, after three rounds of counselling.
In its report, however, IIT Kharagpur, the convener of JEE-Advance this
year, did not give state-wise statistics on the number of students
admitted to the 16 premier technical institutes.
According to the report, Bihar was second among states in terms of
increase in the number of students qualifying in 2014. The state, from
where 1,509 students qualified in JEE Advance in 2013, saw 50 per cent
increase in the successful candidates this year with 1,735 students
making it to the merit list.
The IIT report also indicated a significant increase in the number of
students qualifying from Gujarat and Maharashtra in 2014. As many as
672 students qualified from Gujarat against 450 the previous year, an increase
of 59.61 per cent. From Maharashtra, 2,313 qualified against 1,557 last
year - a 48.55 per cent jump.
From Rajasthan, 4,292 students qualified in 2014. The percentage
increase in the number of successful students, however, remained at
18.20 per cent.
In 2013, the state saw 3,631 students making it to the all India merit
JEE-Advanced, 2014, was conducted under seven zonal IITs in 364 centres
in 98 cities across the country, besides one centre in Dubai, on May 25.
Over 1.19 lakh candidates took the test.
“There has been a significant increase in the number of candidates who
qualified in JEE Advanced, 2014. This increase is from 20,834 in 2013 to
27,152 in 2014,” the report said.
IIT bill approved, 6
NEW DELHI : With the Rajya Sabha passing the
Institutes of Technology
(Amendment) Bill 2016 on August 2 the way has been cleared for six
new IITs. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on July 26.
new IITs soon
The new IITs will come up in Jammu, Tirupati, Palakkad Kerala, Goa,
Dharwad (Karnataka) and Bhilai (Chhattisgarh).
Replying to a debate on the bill, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said
IITs are centres of excellence and would continue to remain so. “We will
not allow anything that will lower their standards. Actually we all
should try to improve them further and make them really world class
institutes. Therefore quality is absolutely important.”
The bill also seeks to bring the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, within
the ambit of the IIT Act.
The Bill provides for the
incorporation of IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad and states
that until its statutes are made under the Act, it will be governed in
accordance with the statutes of IIT Roorkee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been keen on making these IITs
operational at the earliest after they got a Cabinet nod last December.
The Bill got unanimous support from the Parliament.
According to HRD officials, the new IITs will be operated from temporary
campuses for an initial three years and will be shifted to permanent
Replying to a debate on the bill, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said
that the government has formed the High Education Financial Agency (HEFA)
to upgrade infrastructure.
On the fee structure, he said students from the ST and SC communities,
those from the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and the physically
challenged get a full waiver of fees in IITs and NITs. He said, those
whose family income is below Rs 9 lakh per annum also get zero per cent
“Education must be inclusive. But those capable of paying must pay. You
should not oppose when the rich are being asked to pay,” the minister
Now, the bill awaits Rajya
Sabha clearance and the President's nod.
The passage of bill had a quick reaction in Dhanbad and 889 students
took admissions to B.Tech and five-year integrated courses on Monday.
There are in all 912 seats in ISM - 824 in B.Tech and 88 in integrated
B.Tech and M.Tech.
ISM offers undergraduate courses in computer science and engineering,
mechanical, electronics and communication, electrical and mining,
petroleum, civil, electronics and instrumentation, chemical,
environmental and mining machinery engineering and engineering physics.
Computer science engineering, mathematics and computing, applied geology
and applied geophysics are taught under the five-year Integrated B.Tech
and M.Tech degree course.
IIT Admission Exams in Foreign Countries
NEW DELHI : The IIT Council has decided to hold entrance examinations
for IITs in neighbouring countries so that eligible foreign
students get a fair chance to study in the IITs.
This information was given
by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on
July 25 in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.
According to the reply the
exam will be held in countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, UAE and Ethiopia. Only such
candidates who qualify in this exam would be offered admission to study
in the IITs subject to the following:
i. The entire cost of admission of the foreign students may be recovered
from the student fee which may or may not be covered by a scholarship.
There shall be no additional cost to Government on account of these
ii. There shall be no reduction in the seats available for students in
India while providing admissions to foreign students. These seats would
be considered as supernumerary seats.
iii. There shall be no discrimination in giving facilities between
Indian and foreign students.
Further, IIT Bombay has been designated as the National Coordinator for
coordinating the visit of IIT teams to these Countries with the Indian
Missions abroad, so that the students in these countries are made aware
of the advantages of studying in the IITs. It is expected that the above
initiative will become operational from academic year 2017-18.
Sanskrit to facilitate study of Vedic Sc.
NEW DELHI : The government has asked the Indian Institutes of
Technology (IITs) to introduce Sanskrit for facilitating study of
science and technology as reflected in the Vedas and Hindu scriptures,
HRD Minister Smriti Irani told Lok Sabha on April 25.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha she said her Ministry has asked the
premier institutes to set up cells for teaching Sanskrit on
recommendation of a committee headed by former Chief Election
Commissioner of India N Gopalaswami.
“The report suggested that IITs may facilitate study of science and
technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature along with
inter-disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subject. Accordingly,
the IITs have been requested to teach Sanskrit language, especially with
reference to study of works which contain scientific knowledge,” she
The committee, in its report to the ministry earlier this year,
recommended subject-wise inclusion of “Indian knowledge” available in
Vedas and other Sanskrit scriptures in school and college curriculum.
“Indian knowledge component available in Sanskrit works in corresponding
modern subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry, life sciences,
engineering and technical subjects may be included in the respective
subjects,” the report said.
It suggested creation of “Sanskrit cells” at all premier technical
institutes, including the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc),
central universities and other engineering colleges, for facilitating
the study of science and technology in Sanskrit literature and their
inter-disciplinary study of various modern subjects.
details go to their respective websites:
lifts stay, IITs to go ahead with counselling
By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On July 10 the Supreme Court gave Indian Institutes of
Technology (IITs) a green signal to go ahead with counselling and
A three-judge bench, presided over by
Justice Dipak Misra, vacated its July 7 stay on the whole admission
process, saying, "You can't keep the student community in anxiety."
The bench, however, directed the Centre
and IIT Madras, which conducted this year's JEE Advanced, to explain at
the next hearing on October 10 how they planned to avoid bloomers in the
question papers in future. It asked them to develop a mechanism to avoid
incorrect questions in the entrance examination, held for admission to
IITs, NITs and others.
The court noted that all 33,307 students
had already taken admission, including 10,987 in IITs.
The court rejected a plea by senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Sanjay
Hegde, appearing for some students, for preparation of fresh list of
successful candidates as 18 bonus marks were awarded to all, affecting
The bench said its 2005 judgement in the Gurunanak Dev University
case would not apply to the present case as only 10,000 students
were involved there. There were 1.56 lakh students who have taken the
On careful study of the Gurunanak Dev University case verdict, it is
also revealed that there was no negative marking there, while in the
present case there was negative marking for wrong questions attempted by
the students, the court said.
Attorney General K K Venugopal submitted that such a situation would be
avoided in future where the students were to be awarded bonus marks
across the board for incorrect questions.
A counsel, appearing for the IITs, submitted that an expert body of 33
members from various institutes met twice and decided that award of
bonus marks to the students across the board was the only solution to
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union
government, submitted that the apex court should allow the admission
process to continue.
The court, which lifted its stay on the counselling, said it would
consider the matter to examine the mechanism to ensure that no incorrect
questions were allowed in the examination papers.
Council approves massive seat hike
By Rajiv Shukla
NEW DELHI : Blissfully unmindful of the paucity of faculty and
infrastructure in the new Indian Institutes of Technology, Human
Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar pushed through his seat
hike agenda at the 50th IIT Council meeting here on August 23.
The Council, which met under the chairmanship of the minister, decided
to add 10,000 seats per year until 2020. This will be done by adding
4,000 seats in undergraduate courses and 6,000 in postgraduate and Ph.D
courses per annum. The yawning problem of limited hostel accommodation
will be solved by allowing students to stay outside the campus in rented
accommodations, particularly those seeking admissions in PG and Ph.D
courses. At present the IITs admit 10,500 UG students, 8,000 PG students
and 3,000 Ph.D students.
The second important decision is to boost research -- and for this even
B.Tech passouts will be allowed to do a Ph.D, deviating from the
conventional practice of permitting only postgraduates to do doctorate
programmes. Besides, a prime minister’s fellowship of Rs 60,000 a month
for five years will be given to around 1,000 students to do research in
At present, students pursuing M.Tech and Ph.D in IITs after clearing the
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) also get scholarship which
will continue. An M.Tech student gets Rs 12,400 per month while a Ph.D
student gets Rs 25,000 per month for the first two years and Rs 28,000
monthly in the next three years under the existing GATE scholarship.
These scholarships will continue.
Another decision taken by the council is to introduce a IIT-BHU prepared
three-week induction course to allow students to adapt to their new
environment, take up courses on languages and creative arts, and bond
with classmates as well as faculty members. Classes will commence only
after the induction course.
The induction course, to begin with, will
be introduced in seven IITs — Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras,
Roorkee and Guwahati.
The IIT Council also approved a pilot run
of a national aptitude test, which will be voluntary in nature and will
not have a bearing on engineering admissions.
The seat hike decision is worrying the IIT directors, and one of them,
expressed angst saying "already the teacher-taught ratio in the IITs
works out to be abysmal 1:15 instead of the desired 1:10, what is going
to happen after the seat hike?" he asked.
When asked by the reporters, Javadekar brushed aside the query by saying
that the IITs would try to fill the posts by attracting Indians with
Ph.Ds working in foreign institutions.
When coaxed for an answer he said his ministry has already launched the
Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) under which foreign faculty
are being invited to Indian campuses to take a few courses; 260 foreign
faculty have already visited in the last one year and another 800 would
come in the next one to two years, Javadekar said.
The council decided to start a Prime Minister's Fellowship to encourage
B.Tech students to pursue Ph.D. The B.Tech graduates from IITs with good
performance will be able to seek direct admission into Ph.D and get the
Prime Minister's Fellowship of Rs 60,000 per month for five years.
The government is planning to put in place an engineering aptitude test
that students of classes 11 and 12 can take up to assess their ability
to excel as engineers beforehand. Once the aptitude test comes into
force, all aspirants will have to take it. The successful students will
be able to take further engineering entrance tests. The council decided
the IITs should conduct a pilot aptitude test in the next one year after
which how to roll it out would be decided.
told to bear interest load on edu loans
By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On July 14 the Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD) directed the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to bear
from their own funds the interest on education loans taken by
undergraduate engineering students.
The MHRD order asked the IIT directors to honour a decision taken in April this year that
guaranteed interest-free loans to students who don't get a fee waiver.
The April decision specified that the
interest-free loan would be given under the Vidya Lakshmi scheme but the
July 14 MHRD directive deviates from the April decision and asks IITs to
bear the interest load, thereby affecting the earnings from the recent
The second deviation from the April
promise is that the interest waiver will not be available to all
students but only to those whose parents earn below Rs 9 lakh per annum.
The April decision had said that
"all students shall have access to interest-free loan under the Vidya
Lakshmi scheme for the total portion of the tuition fee payable".
But the ministry later realised that the scheme had a condition: only
those whose parental income was less than Rs 4.5 lakh a year were
entitled to interest-free loans. The ministry runs a separate Central
Scheme of Interest Subsidy (CSIS) for education loans, which has the
According to a 2014 report on the JEE Advanced, the entrance test IIT
aspirants have to crack, 14.53 per cent of the 27,152 students - or
approximately 4,000 - who qualified for admission had a yearly parental
income between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 8 lakh. Around 13.21 per cent - or
nearly 3,600 - had disclosed a parental income over Rs 8 lakh.
In April, the IITs increased undergraduate engineering fees from Rs
90,000 to Rs 2 lakh a year.
According to an estimate, the interest on a loan of Rs 8 lakh - Rs 2
lakh every year for the four-year undergraduate course - works out to Rs
2.8 lakh. If an IIT pays the interest on behalf of a student, its net
earnings from the fee will go down to Rs 1.3 lakh a year.
The IITs now spend Rs 6 lakh a year on each BTech student.
approves ISM as IIT Dhanbad
By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : On May 25 the Union cabinet decided to award IIT status
to Indian School of Mines (ISM) fulfilling the promise made by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi before the general elections in 2014.
The Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister also gave ex-post
facto approval to six new IITs, two of which, IIT Palakkad and IIT
Tirupati, have already started functioning from last year.
The Cabinet also granted ex-post facto approval for
establishing an NIT in Andhra Pradesh.
The four new IITs will start functioning from this year in Dharwar
(Karnataka), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Goa and Jammu. They will offer 120
B.Tech seats each taking the total seats in 23 IITs to 10,500 this year
against 10,000 seats offered in 19 IITs last year.
In his budget speech last year, Union
finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced the new IITs and the
conversion of ISM to IIT. However, an expert panel, set up by the HRD
ministry, was opposed to the conversion, subject to fulfilling a series
The committee, headed by former IIT Bombay chairman Ashok Mishra, had
initially given an adverse report in view of deficiencies. But it was
again asked to suggest ways to upgrade the 90-year-old ISM.
In its second report, submitted last year, the panel highlighted several
lacunae, particularly in the standards of faculty, in many branches and
said that every faculty member at ISM should be evaluated by the same
yardstick as that of established IITs.
Faculty members falling short of the yardsticks should be sent to
institutions like IITs or IISc to be trained and younger faculty without
Ph.D should be asked to complete their thesis from IITs, IISc or any
reputed institutions abroad, the panel had said.
The committee said ISM was good for mining and petroleum
engineering, earth science etc. However, departments like computer
science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical
engineering weren't at par with IITs in terms of quality of faculty,
research output, industry-linkage and international exposure.
HRD Ministry sources said that all the concerns of the panel would be
addressed in a time-bound manner.
The institute had appointed 50 faculty members between 2004 and 2008 who
were only M.Tech holders.
The decision to upgrade ISM has spelt both a bane and a boon for the
90-year-old institute. Chairperson D.D. Mishra said IIT status would
prevent the institute to open an off-campus in Visakhapatnam, despite
the Chandrababu Naidu government offering 300 acres of land for the
"There are IITs in every state. One IIT cannot set up a campus in a
state which already has an IIT. ISM as a special type of institution
could have opened the off-campus," Mishra said.
SC/STs & disabled to get 100% fee waiver
By Rajiv Shukla
NEW DELHI : In what may be called a 'rob Peter to pay Paul' policy
the central government has announced a 122 per cent hike in fee for the
Indian Institute Technology (IIT) students and at the same time allowed
total fee waiver for the SC/ST students from next academic year.
The fee hike announcement, made on April 7
would, in effect, make general category students pay for the SC/ST
According to the announcement
the IITs will charge Rs 2 lakh tuition fee per annum for the general
category students enrolling for various undergraduate programmes. This
is a neat hike of Rs 1.10 lakh from the current annual fee of Rs 90,000.
The fee hike will be implemented from the
academic session 2016-17, according to a "Clarification" sent to
Directors of all the IITs on April 13 by R. Subrahmanyam, Additional
Secretary (Technical Education). It said that "the students currently
studying would continue to pay at the existing rates." The
"clarification" was issued soon after the 50th IIT Council
meeting chaired by the HRD Minister Smiriti Irani.
The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) will also almost double
the fee from the new academic year. They will charge Rs 1.25 lakh tuition fee per
annum, up from the present Rs 70,000.
Fee waiver schemes
According to the IIT fee waiver scheme :
A) The SC/ST/Differentlyabled students shall get complete fee waiver.
B) The most economically backward students (whose family income is less
than Rs.1 lakh per annum) shall get full remission of the fee.
C) The other economically backward students (whose family income is
between Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakh per annum) shall get remission of 2/3rd
of the fee.
D) All students shall have access to interest free loan under the ‘Vidya
Lakshmi Scheme’ for the total portion of the tuition fee payable.
Further, all IITs are asked to use the increased student fee for
infrastructure development with the assistance of funds from the Higher
Education Funding Agency (HEFA) so that the
increased fee directly translates into better infrastructure for the
students. As per orders issued, the matter will be placed in next
meeting of the IIT Council for ratification.
In NITs, though students belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled
tribes get fee waiver, it was not clear at this moment as to whether the
NITs will also provide waiver or concession
of fee to non-reserved category students belonging to BPL and low income
group as approved for the IITs. A standing committee of the IITs had, in
its recent report, recommended
increase in the tuition fee of the premier technical institutes from the
current Rs 90,000 to Rs 3 lakh per semester.
The decision to hike the fee has been taken by the ministry following a
proposal by a high-level IIT panel.
The panel, headed by IIT Roorkee chairman Ashok Misra, met last month
and approved a proposal for a three-fold increase in tuition fee from
the present Rs 90,000 to Rs 3 lakh per annum
from the next academic session. A proposal for three-fold increase in
tuition fee was first introduced before the standing committee at its
meeting in Mumbai in October last, but it was
referred to an expert committee comprising IIT directors.
The IITs are autonomous public institutes of higher education. The 23
IITs are located in following cities: Bhilai, Chennai, Delhi, Dhanbad,
Dharwad, Goa, Guwahati, Jammu, Kanpur,
Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee, Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore,
Jodhpur, Mandi, Palakkad, Patna, Ropar, Tirupati and Varanasi.
The report of the Committee on funding of IITs and the recommendations
of SCIC for revision of annual fee in IITs to Rs.3 lakhs per year from
the current Rs.90000 has been examined.
The rationale for the SCIC recommendation arises from the fact that the
cost of maintenance of the IITs is to be met largely from the student
fee. On an average, the Government is
spending about Rs 6 lakh per year on each student in the IITs.
dons create no interest for learning : study
MUMBAI : Most IIT Bombay professor have failed to infuse
interest for studies among the students, says a study published in the
students' magazine called Insight.
The study published in the April issue of the quarterly magazine (Vol
15 Issue 3) says that about 88 per cent IIT Bombay do
not study as their professors do not manage to generate interest in
While a few teachers are enthusiastic about teaching, others are not,
reveals the survey published in the magazine. Fed up with criticism
about their “poor performance” compared to previous batches, a group of
IITians from the current batch had conducted a survey on the campus.
The first part of the survey focusing on why students don’t study at IIT-B,
published in the January issue, had revealed that if not put on a
deadline for an assignment, 75% students do not spend any time on
academics. While more than 75% IITians seem to be more interested in
pursuing hobbies, many are hooked on to social networking and micro-blogging
The second part of the survey, published in the April issue, focuses on
issues concerning the teaching and learning process in the institute. In
this report, students have included reactions from professors, and also
made a few observations.
At least 72 per cent students believe the course content is theoretical,
lacks in application and therefore, is not interesting. Many IITians
have sought a return to blackboard teaching as they believe that showing
slides does not ensure value-addition from the teachers.
The study says that teachers have cited large classes as one of the
reasons for “inefficient teaching”. “With a shortage of faculty, the
surge in number of students has not given enough time to the teachers
and for the infrastructure to evolve,” says the report.
Professors claim that they have to perform two jobs —teach and research.
“It is not hard to see why it is possible that research could be more
interesting and teaching could be relegated to being one of the
unpleasant aspects of the job for many professors,” says the report.
“Unfortunately, both teaching and research are fulltime jobs. Increased
focus on one would impact the other,” says a teacher in the report.
Also, 75 per cent of the students feel they can get a decent grade even
by studying a night before the exam, which reflects badly on the
standards of learning process.
Devang Khakhar, IIT-B director, says, “We are constantly working on
improving the teaching and learning standards. The senate committee has
proposed to set up a centre for effective teaching and learning. The
institute is also making efforts to build new lecture halls to reduce
the class size, and, thus increase interaction between teachers and
fee hiked to Rs 90, 000 per annum
From Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : Acting on the
Anil Kakodkar committee report, the
Council of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) decided, on
January 7, to
implement committee's key suggestions, including a hefty fee hike that
would make the new entrants to the IITs to shell out 80 per cent more than what
their seniors had to pay.
The IIT council, headed by Human Resource Development Minister M M
Pallam Raju, approved a steep hike in the tuition fees of the
undergraduate programme from the
current Rs 50,000 per annum to Rs 90,000 per annum.
“The new fees
structure, to be reviewed every year, will be applicable to new entrants
from this year,” the minister told journalists soon after the Coincil
meeting. The new fee structure will not be applicable
to those who are already pursuing undergraduate programmes at the
premier institutions. “Old students will not be affected by the fee
hike. They will continue to pay the amount of fees what they are
paying,” he clarified.
He said that there would be an annual review of the fee structure of the
IITs but clarified that it does not mean it will be increased every
year. The fee of the undergraduate courses of the IITs was last revised from Rs 25,000 per annum to Rs
50,000 per annum from the 2008-09
No fee is charged from the students belonging to scheduled castes and
scheduled tribes. Besides, 25 per cent of the total students, whose
parental income is less than 4.5 lakh per annum, are also given 100 per
cent scholarship. “This will continue,” Raju said, when asked if SC and
ST students as well as those whose parental income was less that 4.5
lakh would also now have to pay tuition fees.
The decision to hike the fees of the IITs was taken to enable IITs
generate its own resources to meet its various expenditures. “If you
look at IIMs, they are fairly independent and are generating their
resources. Like IIMs, we want IITs also to be independent,” Raju said.
The hike has been introduced following recommendations of the group of
directors of IITs and Empowered Task Force. The Kakodkar Committee,
however, had recommended a steep hike of Rs 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh per annum from the
existing Rs 50,000.
The council also decided to hold peer review of the each of the IITs
once in every five years, besides an internal review of the premier
institutes by themselves.
The peer review committee will comprise five eminent persons from
industry and academia to be selected by the HRD minister, who happens to
be the chairman of the IIT council, out of 10 names given by the Board
of Governors of the respective IIT.
The review, the results of which will be uploaded on the websites of the
institutes and councils, will be based on similar well-established
review system in world class institutes.
the new IITs, similar exercise will be carried out on completion of
five years. Besides periodic review of
the institution, each IIT will similarly undertake, an in-house,
department-wise review before any external Peer Review is carried
The process, results and the follow-up on Peer Review would be
uploaded on Institute/IIT Council’s website as a mechanism to foster
a culture of transparency and accountability.
Boost to Ph.D. Programs
With a view to increase the number of Ph.D.s from 3000 at present to
10,000 by 2020, the Council of IITs approved the recommendation of
the Empowered Task Force headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar for
“strengthening the Ph.D. Programme in the IITs”. This provides for
relaxing the norms for enrolment to the Ph.D. program in IITs. The
admission would be given without GATE score to students with CGPA of
more than 7.0 at the end of the 3rd year but GATE score would be
required for scholarship.
However, students from Centrally Financed
Technical Institutions (CFTIs)with CGPA of more than 7.0 would be
eligible for Ph.D. programs and also assistantship/ fellowships
without requirement of GATE scores. All others will have to appear
for GATE to get into M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs in the IITs.
A Ph.D. programme for persons working in industry and teachers in
Engineering Colleges will be introduced in all IITs wherein the
course requirement would be fulfilled through courses to be
delivered remotely using the National Knowledge Network (NKN).
Joint IIT-NIT Trainee Teacher Scheme
The Council of IITs approved the Trainee Teacher Award NIT/IIT
Joint Scheme to enhance the teaching quality and to
address the faculty shortage issue. This scheme is open to all
graduating candidates who are in top 15% in the Centrally Funded
Technical Institutes (CFTIs). All other candidates who are in top
15% from other AICTE/UGC approved
institutions / universities (non-CFTIs) and having a valid GATE
score would also be eligible. The concerned NITs would identify and
implement initial screening criteria for the selection of potential
They would be engaged as trainee teachers at NITs. While initially
they would assist in teaching, they would simultaneously go through
part-time M.Tech and PhD programs of IITs to acquire higher academic
qualifications, which is a prerequisite for faculty at NITs.
the executive summary of the report : While
students with a Masters degree and, to some extent B.Tech students,
of IITs would constitute an important channel (all efforts must be
made to attract them into the IIT PG stream), one would need to tap
other channels to get quality students in adequate numbers. The
Committee has, therefore, suggested engagement of IITs with other good
quality engineering and science education institutions, particularly
those of the Central government like NITs, IIITs and IISERs, with a
view to enlarge the pool for selection of quality students and also
attract their faculty into the PhD programme. The Committee has also
suggested special efforts be made to identify and pick up bright 3rd
year students of IITs, NITs and such other
such public or private institutions and to initiate them into the
The Council of IITs decided that each IIT would establish a Green
Office, which would carry out Green Audit and ensure inclusion of
green technology related topics/courses in the curriculum. The
Kakodkar Committee Report also emphasizes the need for IITs to be in
the forefront of development of technology for sustainable growth.
Most of the education and
research institutions in Europe and America have adopted
Sustainability Agenda and are implementing programs to reduce their
Caron footprint, recycle the resources, adopt energy efficiency
measures and include sustainability issues in the teaching programs.
As part of this, every student will be required to complete at least
one project of technology application
relevant to local neighborhood development relevant to his/her area
The Council of IITs also decided to have greater community
engagement and transparency in processes for projects and
procurement along with exemplary labour practices.
Kakodkar Committee was constituted
by the MHRD in 2010. (vide letter
MHRD vide F.NO.19-3/2009-TS1 dated 3rd February, 2010)