The premier technological education institutes, Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT ) is going international.
No, not by expanding the grounds but inviting foreign nationals to be a part of the programmes. As planned, IIT will be holding entrance examinations outside India and there would be a 10% additional seats to accommodate foreign students. There would be no decrease in the number of the seats for Indian students. The 10% intake is in addition to the existing seats available in each of the 23 IITs.
The IIT examination will be held in six countries outside India – Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAE, Nepal and Singapore.
The number of foreign students can’t exceed 10% of the total seats in each course offered by the IITs and ISM-Dhanbad. There is no quota in this category. Also the cut-off for the aggregate marks in Class XII for SC and ST candidates has been reduced from 70% to 65% in JEE advanced 2017.