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  • IIT Kanpur revolts, to conduct its own entrance test in 2013; other IITs set to follow

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    Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur will hold a separate entrance test from 2013 if the Center fails to annul its decision to conduct a joint entrance examination for undergraduate engineering courses.

    In a clear revolt against the HRD ministry's move for a common entrance test, IIT-Kanpur on Friday decided to hold its own entrance test from 2013. Upset with the ministry's decision to merge IIT Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) with the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), the 210-member senate of IIT-Kanpur passed a resolution rejecting the new format.

    "The recent IIT Council proposal on admissions to IITs is academically and methodically unsound and in violation of the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) and IIT Kanpur Ordinances (Ordinance 3.2 (Admissions)," said the resolution.

    "In view of the Senate resolution adopted in its 2011-12/9th meeting held on April 10, 2012, invoking Ordinance 3.2, the Senate resolves that IIT Kanpur will conduct the entrance examination for admissions to its undergraduate programmes in 2013." It authorized its chairman to constitute a committee with the help of the dean of academic affairs for conducting "JEE 2013 by IIT Kanpur".

    Supporting the resolution, the All India IIT Faculty Federation has said IIT Kanpur will coordinate with other IITs who chose to join their admission process. "Five out the seven IIT Senates have decided that there should be no change for the year 2013...Therefore, it can be concluded that the current common examination announced by the HRM is in violation of the majority Senates views on more than one count," the Faculty Federation said in a statement.

    The federation has written to the Prime Minister's Office, asking for Dr Manmohan Singh's intervention. Members of the federation are scheduled to meet Dr Singh on Tuesday.

    Mr Sibal had, on Thursday, had rubbished claims that a majority of the IIT senates were opposed to the HRD Ministry's proposal. He said that senates of IIT Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee had suggested the final formulation. "Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkie were the four supporters of it. Incidentally, as far as Bombay is concerned, they also supported," he said.

    - Source: HT