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Thursday, January 23, 2014

JEE ADVANCED 2014 Schedule

The schedule for JEE (Advanced)-2014 for admissions to IITs has been released. Applications will only be accepted online.
The online registration will be held between May 4 and 9. The test will be held on May 25 and the results will be declared on June 19.
Online counselling will be held from June 20 to 24. The first round of seat allotment will be announced on July 1, second on July 7 and the third round on July 12.
Students will be allowed to cancel seats between July 9 and 11.
The fee has been increased to Rs 2,000 from last year's Rs 1,000 for general and OBC students. For SC, ST and physically challenged students, the fees has been increased from Rs 900 to Rs 1,000.
Girl students from all categories have been exempted from paying the exam fees. The policy was introduced last year.
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

IITs: Murderer of Dreams???

Well got to read some interesting articles on state of IITs. Sharing them(Strictly for students who are now in college not for the one's preparing)
IITs: Murderer of Dreams
Where are IITs heading to?

Friday, January 17, 2014

JEE MAIN: CBSE ISSUES NOTICE TO RECTIFY FORM ERRORS


The notice mentions that few applicants for the JEE Main have not uploaded image(s) of their photograph / signature / thumb impression as per the guidelines stated by the CBSE.
Seeing the errors on part of many students, the SMS and e-mail to those candidates in this regard are being sent to their registered mobile phones and mail-id, so it is advised that all JEE candidates check for the same.
The receivers of these SMS or email are only to RE-LOGIN on the JEE (Main) website to rectify their errors by uploading the concerned image(s) properly. The last date to do so is 25th January 2014, as per the CBSE notification.
However to correct other particulars/Personal Data which the candidate might not have filled correctly can be corrected by logging on the website from 1st till 15th February 2014.
Upon receiving some requests from the candidates regarding clash of dates of Board's examination with the dates of Computer Based Examination of JEE (Main) – 2014, the CBSE has asked the affected candidates to send the copy of their admit card of class 12th by e-mail on www.jeemain@nic.in latest by 15th March 2014. In addition, the candidates must not forget to mention their application number of JEE (Main) - 2014.
Please be noted, the copies of Class 12th admit cards sent through post or on some other mail-ID will not be entertained. Such candidates will be allotted other available date of Computer Based Examination of JEE (Main) - 2014.

Monday, January 06, 2014

JEE Main, JEE Advanced to be merged from 2015???

 All central government-funded engineering schools, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), will select students through a common entrance examination in 2015, merging the existing two-tier joint entrance examination (JEE), the human resource ministry has decided.
As a precursor to the new admission format, all engineering colleges will have to conduct common counselling for students in 2014, according to the government decision.
Currently, the JEE-Main is used as a selection examination for all central government-funded technical schools, including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), while students opting for the IITs need to clear the JEE-Advanced examination.
The top 150,000 students of the main examination are eligible to sit for the JEE-Advanced test for a seat in the 16 IITs and Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad.
The human resource ministry has decided to merge the JEE-Advanced and JEE-Main entrance exams from next year and the IITs have been informed about it, said Ashok Thakur, higher education secretary.
In 2012, the government devised the two-tier JEE system, after almost a year of protests and deliberation with the IITs and other top technical schools, to reduce the influence of coaching centres on aspirants for the top technical colleges and making the admission process simpler for students.
“For this year, our agenda is that we want to have common counselling,” Thakur said. “We are very keen on joint counselling. That’s the issue and we want to get after them (IITs). Last year, we tried but IIT Delhi (the coordinating IIT) was very adamant.”
Under the current format, the IITs conduct student counselling first, followed by the NITs and other top schools, which are carried out after a month, especially after the Class-12 school board results are available. India has more than 23 school boards.
While the IITs and ISM admit more than 9,600 students a year at the undergraduate level, other top schools admit more than 25,000 students. At least 1.4 million students appeared for the JEE-Main exam last year and the top 150,000 sat for the JEE-Advanced test.
“This (two separate counsellings) defeats the purpose of a central exam. What we are asking them is to prepare one merit list,” said Thakur. The general perception is that IITs feel that they are a cut above the rest and it’s not advisable for them to sit with other technology and engineering schools.
The students of many NITs are very good and joint counselling will help the students and engineering schools in not just reducing hassles but will also help to reduce the number of seats falling vacant, says Thakur.
About 600 seats at the IITs and the NITs fell vacant in 2012 because of separate counselling that allows a candidate to receive offers from an IIT as well as an NIT at the same time.
A candidate who gets an offer from an IIT and an NIT hangs on to the IIT seat while waiting for his choice of subject in an NIT. By the time the candidate decides on the final place to join, it is often too late for the colleges to fill up these vacant seats. Under the proposed common counselling system, a student will get only one choice. If a candidate does not accept it, then he will be given the option to join another school.
“The effort should be to make life easier for students. I don’t know about common counselling but if that reduces vacant seats, then it’s good. But from a student’s point of view, a good college with a good subject choice is very important,” said Amit Kumar Biswal, a JEE-aspirant from Hyderabad this year.
The IITs said the plan for a joint counselling may not yield the desired results. “Earlier, we used to do one round of counselling for admitting students, the government told us to do twice and then three rounds and we have done that. But has the situation improved? I don’t think so. Students take admission and then leave for a better course or leave for a foreign school later. How will you fill up those seats?” said H.C. Gupta, a professor of IIT-Delhi and chairman of the IIT-JEE Advanced exam last year.
A senior administrator from another leading IIT said a one-exam system is not a desirable format. “Once the new government comes, they may take a different view than what the present government thinks,” the official said, requesting anonymity.
Source: Livemint

Sunday, January 05, 2014

NEST 2014 : Notification out now

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research(NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. BothNISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. Their mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country. The test is conducted in 45 centers across India. This brochure gives the detailed procedure for applying for the test, syllabus of the test and various dead lines.

Integrated Science Education and Research Center (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST 2014 and will admit students for its Integrated MSc course from the Merit List of NEST 2014. The eligibility criteria are the same as that for NISER/ CBS and the students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for INSPIRE scholarship.
Important Dates
  • Registration opens : January 07, 2014
  • Last date for receiving request of offline application form (postal) : February 20, 2014
  • Last date for receipt of completed offline application form : March 08, 2014 (5:30 pm)
  • Online applications close : March 08, 2014 (midnight)
  • Dispatch of offline admit cards starts : April 08, 2014
  • Download of online admit cards starts : April 08, 2014
  • Date of examination : May 31, 2014 (Saturday), 10:00 am - 1:0check 0 pm
  • Announcement of results on NEST website : June 20, 2014
For more details check http://nestexam.in/

Its Official: RPET 2014 will take place

राज्य सरकार ने प्रदेश के इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेजों में ज्वाइंट एंट्रेंस एग्जामिनेशन (जेईई) से एडमिशन कराने का निर्णय बदलकर राजस्थान प्री इंजीनियरिंग टेस्ट (आरपीईटी) के जरिए ही राज्य के सभी गवर्नमेंट व प्राइवेट इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेजों में एडमिशन कराने का निर्णय लिया है।
30 दिसंबर को तकनीकी शिक्षा विभाग के संयुक्त सचिव आरके गुप्ता ने बोर्ड ऑफ टेक्निकल एजुकेशन जोधपुर, राजस्थान टेक्निकल यूनिवर्सिटी, कोटा सहित राज्य के सभी गवर्नमेंट कॉलेजों के प्रिंसिपल को आदेश जारी किए हैं।
गुप्ता ने बताया कि शैक्षणिक सत्र 2014-15 में राज्य के सभी इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेजों में जेईई के बजाय आरपीईटी के जरिए ही एडमिशन होंगे। जेईई के जरिए एडमिशन का निर्णय सरकार ने बदल दिया है। गुप्ता के अनुसार, जेईई के बजाय आरपीईटी से ही एडमिशन कराने के पीछे कारण राजस्थान में अधिकतर ग्रामीण एरिया होना है।
Source: Dainik Bhaskar

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Common Councelling For IITs and NITs ???

The government has asked the Indian Institutes of Technology and the National Institutes of Technology to hold common counselling from this year to minimise seats going vacant at these engineering colleges.
But the 16 IITs, a notch above the 30 NITs in the pecking order, had defeated such a plan last year and are expected to oppose the latest Union human resource development ministry directive, too.
Over 600 seats had remained unoccupied in these tech schools last year, apparently because of separate counselling which allows a candidate to receive offers from an IIT and an NIT at the same time.
Such a candidate often hangs on to the coveted IIT seat while waiting to see whether he gets the subject of his choice in one of the NITs, which declare their merit lists a little later.
He thus blocks both seats and quits one only at the last moment, giving the institute hardly any time to fill it before the session begins.
Under the proposed common counselling, a student will receive an offer from only one institute, either an IIT or an NIT, at a time, higher education secretary Ashok Thakur told reporters today. If he rejects that offer, he may be given the option to join another institute.
“Common counselling will reduce the vacancy of seats,” Thakur said.
The 46 engineering schools were supposed to hold common counselling last year, too, and the software had been prepared. But the IITs backed out at the last moment and went ahead with their own counselling in June.
H.C. Gupta, former chairman for the IIT-JEE Advanced exam, said common counselling may not be feasible as the NITs hold their counselling a month after the IITs do.
“The IITs complete their counselling process by June 15 but the NITs wait till June 30 to get the board results, after which they can hold counselling,” Gupta said.
From last year, the IITs have been selecting students purely on the basis of their JEE-Advanced scores while the NITs have been doing so on the basis of the candidates’ JEE Main results and Class XII board marks.
“Our classes start by July 15. The IITs will be late to start their classes if common counselling is done,” Gupta said.
However, an NIT director alleged that the IITs consider themselves a bigger brand and feel that common counselling with the NITs would affect their brand image.
“The NITs too start their classes by July 25, just a few days after the IITs. This delay is not a big issue. This is a form of protectionism by the IITs,” the director said.
About 600 seats remained vacant in the NITs last year and a few in the IITs. In 2012, over 300 seats were wasted in the IITs and a similar number in the NITs.

Source: The Telegraph