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An IIT alumni body plans to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP leader L. K. Advani in the hope of raising support against the HRD ministrys decision to introduce a common entrance test (CET) for centrally-funded engineering institutions like IITs. The alumni have formed a group, IITians for IIT autonomy, and will be moving court soon to demand that the exam be postponed from 2013 to 2014. IIT Delhi alumni president Somnath Bharti said that worried parents and students had inundated them with calls.
We already have the support of over 50 parents and students and we will be helping them file a separate PIL, Bharti said. The opposition comes at a time when the HRD ministry will discuss the issue of the common entrance test with states on Tuesday, 5th June 2012. A Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 6th June. The support or lack of it to the ministry’s decision in these two meetings will be crucial. HRD minister Kapil Sibal had last week announced the new formula for the common test for IITs, NITs and IIITs. He had added that three states Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra had already agreed to implement the common test in their states. Under the new plan, all aspirants will have to appear for two exams JEE main and JEE advanced to be held on the same day. The aspirants set of scores will decide whether she / he will be eligible for admission to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), centrally-funded institutions like NIITs or IIITs or state-funded institutions. For admission to IITs, students will be shortlisted on the basis of their cumulative score for class XII and the main test (50% weightage each). Class XII marks will be standardized on percentile basis by a formula worked out by the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). Sibal refuses to comment on JEE : Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal refused to be drawn into a debate over his ministrys move to hold a combined entrance test for admissions to IITs. In Mumbai, he told reporters everyone has the right to go to court. Sibal’s remark comes amid growing resentment on IIT campuses across the country to JEE reforms.
Courtesy: Times of India
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