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Thursday June 28, 2012 10:23:10 AM, IANS

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New Delhi: The compromise between the human resource development ministry and IIT Council over the entrance exam pattern for admission to the engineering institutes Wednesday garnered mixed reactions from the IIT alumni.

"Most of the concerns have been addressed which is a good thing, and I think the IITs will be able to maintain their autonomy," IIT Faculty Federation secretary Atul Mittal told IANS.

"This is a step in the positive direction," he added.

At a meeting of ministry officials and IIT Council here Wednesday, it was agreed to have a new two-stage entrance test formula proposed by the IITs following opposition from some of the premier institutes to the single entrance examination mooted by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. The meeting was attended by directors of all IITs.

As per the new formula, there will be a "main" test for the top 20 percent scorers of all boards, and then a final "advanced" exam, under the IITs supervision, for the top 150,000. The new format will come into effect from 2013, if accepted by the ministry.

IIT-Delhi Alumni Association president Somnath Bharti said that the senate "was glad" with their wish to have complete academic as well as administrative control over the "advanced" exam being accepted.

"But our wish that no change should be forced upon IIT system until 2014 has not been addressed. Also restricting the eligibility to JEE (Main) to top 20 percentile of school boards, we perceive, is pro-rich and will be detrimental to the interests of students from rural India," he said.

"The alumni have mixed reactions on this decision," he added.

According to Bharti, a formal meeting has been scheduled here Thursday to decide the future course of action to address the developments.

 

'Against Poor'

The IIT Council's move to give 20 percent weightage to Class 12 board marks is a hasty decision, Anand Kumar, founder of 'Super 30', which provides free coaching to Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) aspirants, said Wednesday.

"This decision will go against poor students, who do not get the opportunity to study in elite schools," he said here.

"Even Class 12 results are mired in controversy due to use of unfair means in examinations and manipulation to ensure good results," said Kumar, who coaches students from poor families to crack the IIT entrance test.

He said the decision had come as a dampener for students preparing for IIT-JEE.

"Suddenly they realise that school results are also important. The IIT Council should have implemented it from 2014 at least to give the students time," he said.




 




 


 

 

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