IITs to have non-resident students soon

  • IITs have decided to admit “non-resident students” with an aim to take their total intake to one lakh by 2020
  • The authorities of different IITs will now undertake an exercise to fix the number of additional students they can accommodate

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NEW DELHI: IITs have decided to increase the number of seats in various courses for admitting “non-resident students” with an aim to take their total intake to one lakh by 2020.

According to senior officials, in a meeting of the IIT Council headed by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today, “in-principle” approval was given to the proposal for admitting non-resident students.

The authorities of different IITs will now undertake an exercise to fix the number of additional students they can accommodate.

“At present, the IITs have around 72,000 students in their undergraduate, postgraduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is now planned that students, who will not stay in hostels, should be admitted to these institutes,” an official said.

The plan is to increase the number by 10,000 per year so that the number of IITians touches 1 lakh by 2020, the official said, suggesting that ideally there would be an increase of 4,000 seats in undergraduate courses and 6,000 seats in postgraduate and Ph.D seats, an official said.

Speaking after the meeting, Javadekar announced that the IIT Council has also approved a proposal to introduce the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowships.

The move aims at encouraging IITians passing out of B.Tech to enroll in Ph.D courses straightaway.

Maharashtra clarfies bar on college transfer not for law students already in colleges

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has clarified that a new rule to bar private college students from seeking a transfer to government or aided colleges will not apply to those who had taken admission prior to academic year 2016-17.

The state issued a circular last week after three students of Rizvi Law College had approached the Bombay high court to challenge Rule 17 of the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission to Full Time Professional Undergraduate Law Courses) Rules, 2016. The rule prohibits transfers from unaided colleges to state run or aided colleges from this academic year.

Their advocate Yasmin Tavaria argued in court that the rule was discriminatory and arbitrary and the HC bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawalla had asked the government pleader Purnima Kantharia to inform what its stand would be. But before the next hearing on August 22, the education department issued a clarificatory circular that the rule does not apply to students who were already in college prior to 2016-17.

The students who challenged had completed the first year of a three year LLB course and wanted to shift to the Government Law College, an aided institution.

Tavaria informed the HC on Monday that the petition has served its purpose, with the issuance of the circular. At this the judges smiled and said that he knew this would happen. The clarification would benefit all those who were already admitted last year, or prior to that, to a law course, said Tavaria.

2000 students drop out of IITs, IIMs in 2 years

IIM-Ahmedabad (File photo)MUMBAI: Getting into IIT and IIMs is tough as it involves clearing national-level entrance tests. But not all who join these institutions complete their courses.About 2,000 students dropped out of IITs and IIMs in the last two years, data from the institutes show. Academic attrition is the highest at IIT-Delhi with 699 students dropping out between 2014 and 2016. It is followed by IIT-Kharagpur (544) and IIT-Bombay (143).

“Most of those who leave the course are those pursuing PhDs,” said IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar. PhD dropout numbers are not so much about performance as the punishing tenure of the course.

The number of dropouts at IIMs seems to have risen over the years. While 37 students dropped out between 2003 and 2005, the number rose to 69 between 2006 and 2008. It touched 104 between 2014 and 2016. “Poor academic performance is one of the reasons,” said an IIM-Calcutta faculty member. He said that once a candidate is in, she or he is on the same platform as everyone else.

The six-year-old IIM-Raipur saw the highest dropouts (20) in the last two years. To help students, IIM-A came up with a buddy programme, under which every new entrant is mentored by a second year student. It also conducted three-week orientation and coaching for weak students. Several IIMs have replicated the programme.

IIM Indore also has faculty mentors for academically weaker students. A faculty member said each IIT has a guidance and counselling unit, headed by a faculty member to “identify students facing emotional difficulties and guide them”.

A faculty member said it wasn’t just students from the reserved categories who found it difficult to cope. Former IIM-A director Bakul Dholakia had told earlier: “When students attend the tea party that the director hosts on Day One, it’s easy to identify the reserved category students. When they attend the graduation farewell dinner, we proudly say all the differences are erased.”

Now, students from 9 countries can appear directly for JEE

NEW DELHI: The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs decided on Sunday that students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, the UAE and Ethiopia will be allowed to directly appear for the JEE (advanced) test, skipping the JEE (main) that Indian students have to take.

“The idea has been approved in-principle. Each IIT will also ratify it and the IIT council will approve it next week,” an official said. This was being done to showcase India’s soft power. In any case, he said, foreign students would not eat into the seats meant for Indians.

The principal reason, however, is to make it to the list of top international educational institutions. “In all international rankings one of the key parameters is international students and IITs lose out in a big way despite scoring well on other parameters,” another official said. “Foreign nationals will be given seats under supernumerary category,” he said, adding IIT-Bombay was entrusted with the job of implementing the programme.

Exam centres will be set up in these countries. While Pakistan has been left out due to home ministry’s objection, the choice of Ethiopia as the only country from Africa has evinced a lot of curiosity. Justifying the choice, Gautam Biswas, director of IIT-Guwahati, said, “For the last many years, we have got a large number of Ethiopian students in post-graduate courses. IITs are popular there.”

IIT-Guwahati had eight MTech students from Ethiopia. The UAE, an official said, was selected as people of various nationalities reside in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The cost of admission will be recovered from the foreign student and the government will not bear any expense on account of foreign students. They will be given the same facilities as Indian students.

DU’s longest admission season still continuing

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NEW DELHI: It has been 110 days and the Delhi University undergraduate admissions are still not over. Not just that, with almost 7,000 unfilled seats, the varsity’s admission committee has now decided to issue three more cutoff lists.

Admission committee sources said on Wednesday that the cutoffs would be announced on August 20, 24 and 29 for close to 6,990 seats that remain vacant. The university had issued its fifth cutoff on July 20, 2016, and thereafter tried to fill up the seats by drawing up five merit lists.

“We struggled with the candidates’ data as the process was changed to online mode this year. Also, the data sent by the university was confusing, which is another reason that even today we have unfilled seats,” said a principal of a north campus college. The undergraduate admission process started on May 1, 2016 with the online registration process. But a large number of seats have remained unfilled, including many in popular courses such as commerce, economics, English, history , political science, mathematics, physics and chemistry across colleges.

Post the fifth cutoff list, the university had taken a new route of inviting fresh applications for candidates who had already applied through the online route. This second phase took nearly two weeks to complete, during which the colleges issued five merit lists.

But with August 31 being the new deadline for admissions to end, “more candidates are likely to take admission through cutoff lists. We can issue three cutoffs during this time,” said J M Khurana, dean of students’ welfare.

According to DU sources, the filling up the remaining 7,000-odd seats won’t be easy. “With the announcement of the results of NEET, the national medical dental entrance test, it’s likely that some students are going to drop out even now,” said a physics teacher from Hansraj College.”Three first-year students I know have cleared the entrance,” he added.

Close to 50 colleges will issue their sixth cutoff across 12 courses on Saturday . Admissions will be done on Saturday and Monday .