The Joint Admission Board allows students from nine countries that include Sri Lanka, Singapore, UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Ethiopia to take JEE Advanced straightway.
In what can really be deemed as a landmark decision, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs decided that students from 9 countries that include Sri Lanka, Singapore, UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Ethiopia will be allowed to sit for the JEE Advanced test. Unlike the Indian students, candidates from the said countries need not appear for the JEE Main.
The idea has been approved in principal; each of the IITs will rectify it and the IIT council is to approve it next week as well. The move is meant to showcase India’s soft power. However, the induction of foreign students will have no impact on the number of seats available for Indian students. Besides this, the main objective behind the move is to make it to the list of top educational institutions on the international level.
The reason for such a move is to meet one of the key parameters in the international ranking of institutions, foreign students that is. And here, IITs lose in a big way even when they score pretty higher on other parameters. As a result, IITs will offer foreign students seats under the supernumerary category.
IIT Bombay will be responsible for implementing the programme. To ensure the flux of foreign students, exam centres will be set in these countries. Pakistan has been left out of the list after an objection from the foreign ministry of India. The reason behind including Ethiopia in the list is a large number of Ethiopian students taking admission in master’s degree programmes. IITs are quite popular there.