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The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to draw up a fresh list of workable suggestions to select students after a proposal to partially consider Class 12 scores for admission was shot down by faculty members of the elite institutions. The decision was taken after discussions at all IIT campuses on the T Ramasami report, which looks at having a single pan-India entrance exam for admission to engineering colleges. Suggestions in the report were met with stiff resistance.
More importantly, the report raised innumerable questions on the fairness of the system that would normalise the Class 12 scores of all the boards in India. The new suggestions will be placed before the respective IIT senates. Each senate will discuss the proposal before all the IITs meet and ratify them by mid-May. IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar said, "There is a large support for some reforms. The ball is in our court now and we will come up with a proposal on how to select students." Most faculty members had stated that teaching-learning, facilities and assessment of Class 12 were highly varied across school boards and could not be statistically normalised. The IIT faculty federation had met HRD minister Kapil Sibal and submitted a list of its concerns about the new system. It is still unclear if the new admission method would be in place by 2013 or the roll-out may be delayed by a year. "That largely depends on how big the change is," added Khakhar. Meanwhile, in a move to improve its industry collaborations, IIT-B has decided to identify the challenges in various sectors and create a roadmap for research & development (R&D) with the concerned industries. The institute, for the first time, reached out to the industry by showcasing its research projects and current collaborations and brainstormed on ways in which the interactions could be forwarded. "We can look at the existing initiatives that are currently in operation. They include the health-consortium and our centres in areas like photovoltaic research, aerospace and nano-electronics, among others, to identify themes, set a roadmap for implementation and take stock of developments," IIT-B dean (R&D) Rangan Banerjee said. "Further, we have a database of 350 industries and we are looking at creating long-term, strategic associations with them," Banerjee said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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