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  • With new JEE comes a 15% hike by coaching centres...

    Here's more BAD news for the new JEE takers! Students aiming to get into the IITs will now have to shell out more money for taking classes in coaching centers.

    Most coaching centres have announced a 15% hike in fee for batches for the new JEE (Rs.1.2 lakh for one year and Rs 1.8 lakh for a two year coaching programme).

    In IIT Council meeting last week, the council agreed on a compromised formula for admission to IIT. As per this formula now there will be a two-tier process for admission to IITs, viz., JEE Main + JEE Advanced, with an eligibility criteria of top 20 percentile in XII board. Currently IIT-JEE training programmes typically include training for both Board exams and IIT-JEE but tests are given only for the JEE, but now coaching centres will have to start test series for Board exams as well and will charge additional fees for that.

    Kota-based Career Point too would conduct more tests for the board exams, and would “definitely increase fees for students,” Mr Pramod Maheshwari, Chief Executive Officer of the company said, adding that they would also put more pressure on students to do well in the Board examinations. Also, now that the Board exam percentage is given more importance, more students will opt for private tuitions to fall into the eligibility criteria, he added.

    “Coaching institutes will be positively affected, and most institutes will now start giving integrated coaching programs, and hike fees,” Mr A.R.K.S. Srinivas, former Director of T.I.M.E Mumbai and CEO of coaching institute VistaMind, said.

    “Earlier, a student would know based on his performance whether he would qualify for IIT or not, but now it is relative to others’ performance, so he wouldn’t mind doing a little more to get more marks and reach the top 20 per cent, Mr Gautam Puri, cofounder of Career Launcher, said.