For the second 12 months in a row, the council of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) determined to not have an abroad examination centre for JEE Advanced. Last 12 months, the choice to not conduct the examination abroad was taken as a result of coronavirus pandemic, this 12 months’s transfer was pushed by ‘low return on investment’.
The organising chairman of JEE Advanced 2021, Debashish Chakraborty, informed indianexpress.com that no examination centres had been finalised in any overseas nation this 12 months, partly as a result of Covid and majorly as a result of there are not any takers for the IIT entrance examination on the undergraduate stage.
Overseas centres have low ROI
“Every year, the number of foreign nationals who register for the advanced exam continues to decrease. Like in 2020, this year too they had to come down to India at their expense to take the exam. Often, most of the applicants under the foreign student category are only from the neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal,” Chakraborty added.
Chakraborty stated that the institute continues to be collating the precise variety of overseas class candidates for JEE Advanced 2021 forward of the consequence. “Very few students applied this year,” he added.
He stated that conducting the examination out of the country requires monetary and human assets however it doesn’t at all times translate into worldwide college students ultimately becoming a member of the IITs. Hence, it was in the very best curiosity to not fixate on such practices. “Those who are passionate about joining the premier institutes will write the paper wherever they are required to,” he added.
Paramasivan Arumugam, Dean of International Relations, IIT Roorkee, agrees that IITs haven’t caught the eye of worldwide college students but for UG programmes. The institute has round 144 enrolled worldwide college students, however all of them are in MTech and PhD programmes.
Not sufficient curiosity to pursue UG diploma from India
“Most students prefer European countries along with the US and UK for UG degree, but south Asian countries come into the picture when students move towards specialisations,” Arumugam stated.
IIT Delhi professor, Siddarth Pandey, who was the organising chairman of JEE Advanced 2020, stated that solely a handful of overseas college students had utilized for the examination final 12 months and none may qualify. IIT Delhi, too, has round 98 overseas college students however all of them are enrolled in MTech and PhD programmes.
Miniscule success fee
In 2020, round 209 Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), 23 Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and 23 overseas nationwide class candidates had appeared for the doorway examination. Of which, 4 beneath the overseas nationwide class, 16 beneath PIO and 133 beneath OCI had certified. In 2019, a complete of 807 college students (together with OCI, PIO and overseas nationals) had utilized for JEE superior, of which just one certified. In JEE Advanced 2018, solely 51 overseas college students had registered. Of them, 36 appeared and 4 certified.
“In 2020, the 4 students who qualified were from Nepal, but they were studying in India for a long time. Foreign students are allowed to appear directly for the advanced exam without having to appear for JEE Main, yet they are unable to get through because of the difficulty level and syllabus followed in their higher secondary classes,” Pandey stated.
He added that Indian college students begin making ready for the examination fairly early. The prime rankers typically put in a few years into getting themselves prepared for the examination. But, college students who full their college training from overseas don’t at all times have the identical syllabus and have to organize individually for the doorway examination.
Impact on world rankings
V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, agreed that not having sufficient overseas college students on the UG stage does have an effect on the institutes’ world rating however “the parameters set by these organisations do not fully understand the challenges faced by Indian institutes”.
IIT Roorkee professor, Arumugam echoed Rao. “Global rankings put great emphasis on foreign students enrolled at all levels and international perceptions of an institute but developing countries do not necessarily attract students from first-world countries. It may take a few more years for rankings to release this and for IITs to become a magnet for UG students,” he stated.