On Wednesday, the IIT Council took a decision that only one common entrance test will happen for all the IITs and NITs of state government-run and private engineering colleges all over the country from 2013. Also, it has been decided to raise the fee structure in a complex manner. However, both the decisions are yet to be approved by the state governments and finance ministry. By chance, if the consent is not granted then all the IITs/NITs under central government would certainly have a common entrance test.
As suggested by Anil Kakodkar Committee, at the time of admission, all the students will pay according to the existing fee structure. After the students pass out, only 25% students (other than SC/ST and OBC) who can afford to pay the hike of Rs. 50, 000 (from Rs. 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh) will be made to pay the amount in easy installments.
However, according to HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, “the payback by 25% students would not apply if he joins M.Tech and subsequently Ph.D. He would be charged only after he joins a firm. Exception would also be given to students who after Ph.D join the IIT faculty. Reason: There is a dearth of good faculty in IITs. But, the entire formulation on fee has to meet the approval of finance ministry.”
On being asked that how such a complex system of fee structure would be implemented, Kapil replied, “employers would pay to the IIT. Under the proposed law that would allow dematerialisation of certificates in electronic format, employers would cross-check the validity of certificates from government and then they would be told to pay a part of salary directly to the institute.”
As for the common entrance test, what T Ramaswami committee has suggested is that it would be a new kind of joint entrance examination where the weightage would be given to the class XII marks and a test which would be a little similar to Scholastic Aptitude Test. But again how much weightage would be given to both has not been decided yet. Infact, the committee has given more than one options out of which one option has to be selected.
The marks scored by students in class XII would be `normalized' through a formula devised by experts of the Indian Statistical Institute. But the experts favoured the normalization system after doing a pilot study of only four out of 42 boards in the country. They studied the result patterns of CBSE, ISE, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Boards. But it is worth to mention here that normalization as a method has been abandoned by many reputed places like BITS, Pilani and even USA.