Students from 9 nations can now straightaway sit in JEE Advanced, no JEE Mains required

In a major overhaul, the Joint Admission Board of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has decided to allow students from 9 countries to appear for JEE Advanced directly without requiring them to qualify JEE Main first.

Students from 9 countries can skip JEE Main and can now directly appear for JEE Advance

The decision, they believe, will help IITs to establish themselves as top international destinations for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. The nine countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Maldives, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the UAE. Pakistan has been excluded from this new rule.

As reported by India.com: “The idea has been approved in-principle. Each IIT will also ratify it and the IIT council will approve it next week. In all international rankings one of the key parameters is international students and IITs lose out in a big way despite scoring well on other parameters. Foreign nationals will be given seats under the supernumerary category.”

The move has been  designed to project India’s soft power while simultaneously ensuring that overseas students do not end up occupying seats meant for Indian students. The examination centres will be set up in all of the nine countries. The decision to excuse Pakistani students from the new rule was taken after objections were raised by the Home Ministry due to security concerns. Ethiopia is the only African nation to have made it to the list of nine.

Meanwhile, the selection of UAE was inspired by the fact that it hosts people from all over the world reside in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Overseas students applying for JEE Advanced will have to bear their own expenses as the Indian government will not pay on their behalf. Also, foreign students will be entitled to the same facilities as their Indian counterparts.

In the World University Ranking for 2015-16, IIT-Delhi, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Kanpur, and Roorkee were featured among the top 600 universities. It remains interesting to see whether or not this new move helps these institutions improve their ranking in the coming years.

Concerning admission cost:

The cost of admission will be recovered from the foreign student and the government will not bear any expense on account of foreign students. Same facilities will be provided to them as that of Indian students. Director IIT Guwahati, Gautam Biswas said, “For the last many years, we have got a large number of Ethiopian students in post-graduate courses. IITs are popular there.”

The reputed IITs may also enroll one lakh students by 2020, if things move according to plan. A proposal to be considered by the IIT council states that 30,000 additional non-resident students will be allowed to study at these institutes in the next three years.

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