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The students in the preparation of JEE Advanced are always hooked on to the media for their share of news on JEE. Be it the multiple rumors of the change of pattern of the examination to subjective or the CSAB recommendation. So we decided to bring up the main points of the recently concluded JEE Council Meeting of 6th October, 2015.

After going through the nitty-gritties of the meeting, we have found a couple of relevant points that might be of certain importance to the students. Covering the area of number of students appearing, mentorship, and fees and scholarships, the following have been brought for you:

  1. Number of students for JEE Advanced – With the increase in the number of IITs, i.e. the addition of 3 more IITs, it has been decided by the JEE Council that the number of students appearing for the JEE Advanced Examination shall increase from the existing 1.5 Lakh to 2 Lakhs from the upcoming session. The rules for reservation shall remain according to the conventions set by the Government of India.
  2. Fee Hike – The change in fees per year, from the current Rs. 90,000/- to Rs.2,65,000/- as suggested by the Anil Kakodar Committee has been put on hold for now owing to the political pressure, and to keep it affordable for the students as well.
  3. Scholarships – From the current system of offering the Merit-cum-Means Scholarship to the top 25% of the students from each stream, it is proposed to be increased to around 30% or so with the fee hike. Further, the proportion to provide the scholarship to the economically weaker sections is being considered to be increased.
  4. Fee Waived for Physically Disabled Students – The current system provides reservation in the JEE Advanced Examination alone, while no special privileges are being provided in terms of tuition fee waivers for the PD students, who had to pay the tuition fee according to their primary category. Thus, it has been decided to extend the privilege of a tuition-fee free education at IIT for the PD Students.
  5. ‘Single’ Entrance Exam – This is one of the most debated issues, and now being put up for re-consideration by the Council. It is being considered to revert back to the initial form of the entrance to the IITs where the entrance was independent of the then AIEEE, or the current JEE Mains and the Board Exam Marks. Thus, this issue remains stalled as of now and the students need to go through the current two-tier procedure. As the reports start coming in, it is being heard that the Council meets again in the first week of November to decide further on this.
  6. Peer Group Assisted Learning (PAL) – This is a new group that it is being planned to set up for the academically weak students being admitted to IIT. It would be more like a counselling body including the brighter students of Senior year to guide the new entrants on a path of better academic excellence and help them get acquainted to the system. This occurred in light of the recent expulsion and then intake of 73 students at IIT Roorkee.
  7. Admission of Foreign Students – Admission of Foreign students from African and SAARC countries by JEE Advanced Examination is also being considered for Undergraduate Level Study.

Thus, the points put up for discussion indeed have something to do with the JEE examination, but should not be affecting your preparation in any way.

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