IITs and IISc may centralize counselling and admission for MTech and PhD – According to Times of India, the IITs and IISc, Bangalore are likely to start centralized counselling and admission process for MTech and PhD program in a same way which they do for undergraduate courses. The IIT council, in its meeting which is supposed to be held on August 21, is going to discuss a proposal for counselling and admissions process for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in line with that of Joint Entrance Examination (advanced) in IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
The GATE score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programmes in Indian higher education institutes. The financial assistance is also provided by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) and other government agencies.
GATE is conducted by IITs and IISc in rotation. As of now, once their GATE scores are in, candidates need to go through another round of test/interview by individual institutions.
The proposal stated that due to this, apart from inconvenience and financial duress, prospective candidates are deprived of the seats in good institutes despite having good ranking in GATE. The decision of centralizing the admission and counselling process will aid the students in saving their time and money.
Apart from this, the council in its meeting is also going to discuss as part of the agenda items the proposal for setting up of a Centre for Rural Development and Technology (CRDT) at all IITs and a committee to suggest measures for reforms of the JEE (advanced) exam. As reported by TOI first, the council is also going to mull over a proposal for an action plan on joint recruitment of foreign faculty by the IITs.
Another proposal with regard to take reliable measures for recruiting GATE qualifiers. The proposal cited that “candidates, after being admitted in IITs or other institutes, are picked up by some of the PSUs for placement based on their GATE score, as a result, they isolate their course and the seat remains vacant”
As said by a senior MHRD official, “Enhancing agricultural output and maximum possible value addition to agricultural output along with other allied earning opportunities in villages should be the primary focus in the context of rural development. Data on rural market potential shows that a population of about 250 million in rural areas exhibits a high level of market potential”.
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