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In two big decisions on IITs, the HRD ministry has decided to more than double the annual fee at the undergraduate level from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2 lakh per annum and do away with the 40% weightage to Class XII marks in calculating the rank in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).Candidates, however, must score at least 75% marks in the board exam.
While the fee hike will be implemented from the new academic session this year, changes in JEE will be effective from 2017. As reported by TOI on Thursday , there will be full fee waiver for Dalits, tribals, the physically challenged and those from families with yearly income of up to Rs 1 lakh.Students whose family income is up to Rs 5 lakh, will pay one-third of the fee. All IIT students will have access to interestfree loan for the entire tuition fee under government Vidyalakshmi scheme at the time of admission, the HRD ministry has proposed.
The proposals will be ratified by the IIT council shortly. As chairperson of the IIT council, the HRD minister is entitled to take the decision, a source said.
In case of JEE, some tweaking has taken. Performance of students in Class 12 examination will still be crucial for JEE eligibility. To qualify, students will have to secure minimum 75% marks or be in the top 20 percentile in the class XII examination. For SC, ST students, it will be 65%.
The ministry said rationale for the hike is that cost of maintenance of IITs should be met largely from fees. IIT council had also said the hike would ensure that salary and maintenance bills, that come to over Rs 2,000 crore annually, are met.