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JEE Advanced: IITs strike down reform proposal

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All IITs have unanimously rejected the Government–backed proposal to reform Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced at 52nd meeting of IIT Council.

According to IITS, the JEE has built a formidable brand over the years and any amendment may hamper the smooth operation of admission process.

Minister for Human Resource Development and Chairman of IIT Council Prakash Javadekar and officials from his ministry as well as IIT directors and chairpersons participated in the meeting.

Quoting the minister, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) stated in a press release, “Council did not consider any further changes in the JEE (Advanced) system”.

Doing away with the test was one of the crucial issues on the agenda for the Council’s meeting. The immensely tough entrance has been a pain point as it has lead to vacant seats during the past few seasons. In 2018, only 18,138 candidated cracked JEE-Advanced whereas in 2017, the number was 51,040. Following a directive from the ministry, IIT Kanpur, the convening institute for JEE-Advanced this year, released an extended merit list, after which 13,850 more aspirants got a chance at the premier institutes.

The HRD Ministry in its release said, “There will be no revision in tuition fee being charged from the undergraduate students in IITs.”

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