The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) had its first meeting at IIT Bombay last week. A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Joint Admission Board (JAB), JEE (Advanced) 2015 representing the IITs and ISM Dhanbad and the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) 2015 representing the NITs, IIITs and other technical institutes. These included the institutes funded fully or partly by Central or state governments.
The business rules for the joint seat allocation were finalised during the meeting. These will be available on http://jeeadv.iitb.ac.in.
Seat allocation for academic programmes offered by 88 institutes will be done jointly through the JoSAA for the academic year 2015-16. The process of joint seat allocation will commence through a common web portal from June 25, 2015.
JoSAA has been set up by the ministry of human resources development to manage and regulate the joint allocation process for admissions in around 80 IITs, NITs, IIITs and other Centrally-funded technical institutions.
Unlike individual processes followed by both sets of institutions for many years, all courses offered by these institutions will be available on the same online platform from this year.
The IITs initially had reservations about the implementation of the process from the coming academic year. They had also submitted their apprehensions to the Delhi High Court, as part of a hearing of a PIL that was filed by an IIT-Kharagpur professor. The PIL focussed on seeking a common admission process for technology institutes.