are being encouraged to appear in IIT's prestigious joint entrance examination (JEE).
IIT-JEE girl candidates wouldn't have to pay any application fee from next year.
However, the application fee for boys would be raised from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,800.
From 2012, applicants would also be allowed to carry a copy
of optic response sheet on which answers are inscribed immediately after the
examination. Also, answers can be circled by pen, instead of pencil as is being
done now. These decisions were taken on Friday by the IIT joint admission board
(JAB). Next year's JEE would be conducted by IIT-Delhi. IITs had initiated
reforms in small measures from last year. For instance, answers were put out by
the JAB before the results came out. However, it was done 35 days after the
test. Also, the scanned copies of optic response sheet of candidates were put on
JAB website after the result. But errors, worth 30 marks, were also pointed out.
IITs could feel fresh heat on carrying out more reforms as the Supreme Court
has set aside the Delhi High Court order that dismissed a PIL by Rajeev Kumar of
IIT-Kharagpur. HC had said Kumar does not have the locus standi to demand
reforms in JEE. However, last week a SC bench of Justice G S Singhvi said.