In a significant decision which is set to benefit students aspiring to enter the IITs, the Council meet of the prestigious institutions here on Monday decided to consider students with 75% and above in Class XII board examinations, provided they have cleared Joint Entrance Examination (advanced).
The 48th meeting of the council of the IITs, chaired by Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, took the decision and prescribed minimum percentage in Class XII boards’ examination for admission to IITs.
The issue was taken up after some 200 students, who cleared the JEE examination, could not get admission in the ongoing academic session as they did not figure in the top 20 percentile, which is a must as per current norms.
“In addition to the top-20 percentile condition, it has been decided now to give another provision [to aspirants seeking admission], which is the marks secured in the board exams,” Ashok Thakur, HRD secretary told press persons here.
As per the new norms, an aspiring OBC and general category candidate should have secured 75% marks and those belonging to SC, ST, and physically challenged categories should have got 70 per cent marks.
The HRD ministry is also working on a ranking system for institutes of higher learning in the country and has given the responsibility to prepare a framework for evolving a system to the heads of IIT Chennai and IIT Kanpur.