Under the chairmanship of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, the 52nd Meeting of the Council of IITs was held in New Delhi where it was decided that there would be no change in the exam system for JEE Advanced. The government has also decided that IIT-PAL which was designed to the students in preparing for the JEE Advanced Exam would be extended further. The candidates can get the access of IIT-PAL through the SWAYAM portal.
It was also decided in the Meeting of the Council of IITs, that the Indian Institute of Technology(s) will mentor at least 5 engineering colleges located in their vicinity in order to improve the quality and standard of engineering education in the country. Another important decision that was taken in the meeting was not to revise the tuition fee for undergraduate students in IITs. As far as International Students are concerned, the Boards of Governors of the individual IITs will decide the fee.
In order to showcase the innovations and technologies developed by the IITians, the institutes will organize an annual Tech-Fest at any suitable venue. CEO’s from leading public/private sector organizations will participate in the fest. On the issue of vacant seats in the M.Tech. programmes in IITs due to student joining Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) after being admitted, it was decided that the matter will be taken up in a meeting with the CMDs of major PSUs to be held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Human Resource Development.
A Committee comprising of Directors of IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Tirupati has been constituted to recommend standards and norms for construction of campuses and infrastructure projects in IITs. The service matters of non-faculty staff in IITs will be decided by the respective Board of Governors of IITs subject to their conformity with the instructions issued by the Government of India from time to time.