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  • IIT mentored weaker students and cutoff the fee for Differently Abled Students

    Although an ultimate decision could not be made on the sitting council, the highest government-nominated body of the 16 IITs regarding the hike of the annual fee of the IIT Rs 90,000 per year to Rs 2.5 lakh. The IIT has decided to cutoff the fees for physically challenged students. The council, headed by HRD minister Smriti Irani, also decided not to take any "knee-jerk" decision on a fee hike.

    It is also said that the minister insisted that the interests of socially and economically weaker sections should be protected at all costs. She said a fee hike is a sensitive issue and cannot be rushed into. IITs will look into the fee hike issue again."

    On the other hand, IIT joint admission board's (JAB) proposal to increase the quota of students appearing for JEE (Advanced) from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh too has received the council's consent.

    The council has also approved a new plan, PAL, under which weaker students will be mentored so that they can adjust into the IIT system easily.

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