THE rebellion of the IITs has forced the HRD ministry to call a special meeting of the IIT council on June 27.
In a statement issued to the media on Friday, the ministry said the meeting has been convened to address the uncertainty faced by the students because of the recent resolutions of the senates of IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur. Both senates have rejected the new format of the Joint Entrance Examination and have decided to conduct separate entrance tests to admit students in 2013.
IIT Delhi, in fact, went a step further by announcing that it would reach out to its counterparts and coordinate the separate entrance exam with them. The ministry’s move comes in the wake of indications that senates of IIT Bombay and Kharagpur may also follow suit. The Bombay senate will probably meet in the first week of July.
The ministry’s decision to call the council’s meeting has, in a way, come as a dampener for the Joint Admission Board (JAB) meeting scheduled for Saturday. The JAB, consisting of all IIT directors, JEE chairmen and few ministry officials, was supposed to discuss the modalities of the JEE advance test under the new format.
“But now that the IIT council is going to meet on Wednesday to discuss this issue again, there are chances that some sort of compromise could be evolved. In such a scenario, I doubt if the JAB meeting will yield anything significant on Saturday,” an IIT director said. HRD minster Kapil Sibal has also indicated that he’s willing to listen if the IIT council has a better formula to suggest as long as it strengthens the school system and allows rural children to compete for the IITs.
The government had on May 28 announced the new test from 2013, under which aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under a new format of common entrance test which will also take plus two board results into consideration.
The IITs oppose the new format contending that the proposed test will increase students’ stress instead of decreasing it. They feel students aspiring to join institutes other than the IITs need not sit for two tests — main and advance — as proposed.
Source: Mail Today