Thursday, June 28, 2012


Summary record of discussion of meeting of 45th meeting of the IIT Council held on 27th June 2012
The meeting of the IIT Council started with a statement from Chairman, IIT Council, and Union Minister for HRD, Shri Kapil Sibal, being read out since he was not able to attend the meeting.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Professor M M Sharma, Member, IIT Council, Chairman Board of Governors of IIT Madras and Chairman of the Standing Committee of IIT Council. He requested Secretary of the Council to brief the Council about the developments so far related to the issue of Common Entrance Examination and its relation with respect to IIT entrance. Chairman Joint Admission Board (JAB) was requested to brief the Council about the recommendations of JAB meeting held on June 23, 3012.

The recommendations of JAB can be summarized as follows:

JEE ADVANCED examination will be held after JEE MAIN with a suitable time gap. Only the top 150,000 candidates (including all categories) in JEE MAIN will be qualified to appear in the JEE Advanced examination.

Admissions to IITs will be based only on category wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE ADVANCED subject to condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards in applicable categories.

JEE ADVANCED examination will have an exclusive Joint Admission Board (JAB) and Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) with the same composition as at present. The JAB and JIC will also coordinate with the organizing body responsible for conducting JEE MAIN.

Based on the recommendations of JAB, the Council decided that the proposed plan for admission to IITs at the undergraduate level will be implemented for the year 2013.

The Council advised JAB to constitute a group for coordination with COBSE (Council of Boards of School Education) so as to educate the students and public at large about the PERCENTILE versus PERCENTAGE approach being adopted by the Council. The Council requested JAB to submit a report of this committee within the next four months. 


ITs agree on entrance test rules

(From left) IIT Delhi director RK Shevgaonkar, IIT Madras chairperson MM Sharma and IIT Gandhinagar chairperson RA Mashelkar at a news conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. Picture by Prem Singh
New Delhi, June 27: The IIT Council today rolled back its decision to grant weightage to board marks but introduced the criterion that aspirants must be among the top 20 percentile holders of their respective boards for admission to IITs.
The move satisfied IIT faculty members, a section of whom had opposed weightage to board marks, but disappointed others who felt it would “go against the poor”.
The joint admission board, a body of IIT directors, suggested the compromise formula that was approved by the IIT Council. But council chairperson and HRD minister Kapil Sibal skipped the meeting, apparently to send out the message that he had not influenced the decision-making process.
From next year, the present IIT-JEE and All India Engineering Entrance Examination will be replaced by the two-tier Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
The JEE-Main, the first-round test, will be mandatory for students aspiring to make any of the centrally funded technical institutions (CFTIs) such as IITs, NITs and IIITs.
The JEE-Main will be an objective-type test conducted by the CBSE with support from the CFTIs.
For the JEE-Advanced, about 1.5 lakh students will be selected on the basis of their performance in the JEE-Main. The reservation criteria of 27 per cent OBCs, 15 per cent SCs and 7.5 per cent STs would be followed in selecting these students.
The JEE-Advanced will be conducted entirely by the IITs. The joint admission board will decide the modalities of this test.
The IITs will draw up a merit list based on students’ performance in the JEE-Advanced and provided they are among the top 20 percentile holders of their respective boards and categories (general or reserved).
The meritorious candidates will be awarded category-ranks on the basis of which they will get admission to the IITs.
IIT Madras chairperson M.M. Sharma chaired today’s meeting in Sibal’s absence. The meeting started with a statement from Sibal — it was read out — justifying the need for change in the engineering entrance exam.
The statement said students were not giving importance to school work and private coaching was flourishing because of the tough format of the existing IIT-JEE.
“The percentile system is an inclusive formula. Some boards in the Northeast award very little marks to children. Such students, even though they secure less marks, will be eligible for admission if they are among the top 20 percentile holders and they do well in JEE,” Sharma said.
The present eligibility criterion for admission into IITs is 60 per cent marks in the Class XII board exams for general and OBC category students and 55 per cent for SC/ST students. This will be replaced by the top 20 percentile system.
“The top 20 percentile criteria will instil a competitive attitude among the students. They will start taking the board exam seriously,” said CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi.
The IIT Council advised the joint admission board to constitute a group for co-ordination with the Council of Boards of School Education to educate students and the public at large about the percentile system.
The admission procedures for CFTIs other than IITs will be decided at a separate meeting on July 4, an official said. The 40 per cent weightage to board marks, as decided earlier, could continue for NITs and other CFTIs.
However, under the new system for IITs, there will be no weightage to board marks. Earlier, the IIT Council had decided to give 50 per cent weightage to board marks and 50 per cent to JEE-Main while selecting 50,000 students in the first filter. The IIT faculty federation opposed this.
“We had a meeting this morning. We are happy with the new compromise formula. We have no objection to its implementation from 2013,” said Sarit Kumar Das, a member of the IIT faculty federation.
Sibal welcomed the council decision that ended the month-long tussle between the IIT Council and the faculty. “I appreciate the fact that council has come to a decision and all stakeholders are on board. But there is still a long way to go,” he said.
However, the Super 30 founder Anand Kumar said the top 20 percentile criterion would “go against the poor, who don’t have the opportunity to study in elite schools”.
“There is a huge gulf between the standard of top public schools and those run by the government. For the poor, who study in rural schools lacking even basic facilities and quality teachers, it will be a big deterrent.
“So far, they had a level-playing field, where their hard work and performance mattered…. But the 20 percentile could be killing for genuine students,” Kumar said.
“They completed Class XI and are now in Class XII. Suddenly they realise now that school results are also important. The IIT Council should have implemented it from 2014 to give students some time.”

Saturday, June 09, 2012

AIEEE Result out Finally
The top score of this year’s All India Engineering/Architecture Entrance Exam (AIEEE) is 346 out of 360, one mark more than last year’s top score.The All India Rank (AIR) 1 was secured by Sanjeet Patri from Delhi who scored 346 out of 360. Among girls, Mansee Sood topped with AIR 6 with a score of 336 out of 360. The IIT JEE all India topper secured the ninth rank in AIEEE.

Can't say much now but definitely looks like online students had an undue advantage.T It will be intresting to see from which centres top rankers have been whether offline or online. I feel it will be Kota students opted online getting edge. Lets wait for details.
Result has been declared at 22:45 on 9 June 2012 What a time !!! For official press relaese