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Dropouts at IITs, NITs alarming; fee refund for surrendered seats

More than 4,400 students had dropped out of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) in the last three years. The high dropout rate is due to multiple reasons, such as, academic stress, changing of institutions, medical reasons, getting jobs, etc. While a total of 2,060 students dropped out from various IITs from 2012-13 to 2014-15, altogether 2,352 students dropped out from the NITs during the same period, according to information from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The institutes are adopting various...

JEE counseling: CSAB 2015 special round result out; fee refund details

The Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) has published the seat allotment results of the additional special round of counseling for admission into the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) , the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) . To access the seat allotment results, please click here and enter the Joint Entrance Examination Main 2015 (JEE Main 2015) Roll Number as well as Password. Candidates need to directly report in person to the allotted institute with original and one set of...

No FCRA registration needed for IITs, DU, JNU to receive foreign funds

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) , Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are among a group of around 300 academic institutes in the country which have been exempted from being registered under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) to be able to receive foreign funds. The information has been confirmed by officials of the Home Ministry. Around two months back, the FCRA registration for these institutes was called off, since the institutes were deemed to not need the registration as per the amended FCRA. Under the new norms, if an...

IITs see marginal rise in number of girl students gaining admission

The premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have witnessed a marginal rise in the number of girl students gaining admission - from 8% last year to 9% this year. In actual numbers, the number of girl students at IIT campuses has increased by merely 40, in comparison with last year. Out of the total 9,974 students who have been allotted seats in the 18 IITs in the first joint seat allocation process held this year, just 900 are girls. Of the total number of students who qualified for the IITs this year, a mere 11% were girls. Out of the total candidates who registered, the...

Anna varsity's new test format to assess analyzing, conceptual skills

The Anna University (AU) has devised a new test format which will further assess the analyzing skills of the students as well as their understanding of concepts of different subjects. The measure is expected to enhance the standard of engineering education. The university will add the new section in the semester examination from the 2016-17 academic year. The measure is being adopted post the implementation of the  Choice-based Credit System (CBCS)  by the university for the 2015-16 batch. The very same batch is going to be the first group of students to sit for the...

Single entrance test for all AICTE engineering institutes, B-schools

A single entrance test for entry into all engineering institutes under the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as well as a common examination for all business school (B-school) admissions may be put into practice, as recommended by a government-appointed panel. Currently, more than 11,000 institutes, which include engineering and management ones, are under the AICTE. A National Testing Service (NTS) should be set up to conduct the tests, which can be an independent body backed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or it could outsource the work to...

IIT grads in huge demand for start-ups looking for coding talent

The software development graduates from the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are in huge demand from start-up firms, who are looking to hire coders who devise, write as well as test computer programs. Start-up companies and online retail firms, including Paytm (planning to hire 200 graduates from IITs), OYO Rooms, Grofers (to hire 92), TinyOwl, CommonFloor (hiring from IITs to increase from 30% of total hiring during last year to up to 50% this year) and UrbanClap (planning to hire around 60 IIT graduates) have already approached the institutes for the next IIT placement...

GATE 2016: minimum eligibility criteria

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2016 (GATE 2016) will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays only, between Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, February 7, 2016 . The GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website will open for enrolment, application filling and application submission on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 . The last date for submission of online applications through the website is Thursday, October 1, 2015 . Before starting the application process, the aspirants must ensure they meet the minimum eligibility criteria of GATE 2016, as mentioned below. ...

Additional special round for NIT, IIIT seats extended till Aug 17

The Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) has extended the deadline for the additional special round of counseling for admission into the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) , the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) from Tuesday, August 11 to  Monday, August 17, 2015 , in a bid to fill up the 5,550 vacant seats in the institutes and provide a fair chance to meritorious candidates. All the candidates need to ensure that the payment is made by August 17, as per CSAB. For payment of fee, online...

IIT JAM 2016 organizing institute is IIT Madras; complete schedule

The premier Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is the organizing institute of the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission to Master of Science 2016 (IIT JAM 2016) . IIT JAM 2016 will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 . IIT JAM 2015 was conducted on Sunday, February 8, 2015 by IIT Guwahati . The complete schedule of IIT JAM 2016 is provided below. Complete Schedule of IIT JAM 2016 Event Date Online registration/application at JAM 2016...

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