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In a bid to curb the growing opinion against the CET within the IITs; the government is examining the legal strength of the position taken by the IIT senates. So far, the HRD ministry has adopted a wait and-watch policy even as the senates of IIT Kanpur and Kharagpur rejected the governments decision to participate in the CET. Sources in the HRD ministry said that according to the IIT Act, the senates are neither autonomous nor do they have unfettered rights in matters of the institutes academic concerns.
It is the IIT council, rather than the senate, which is empowered to set the admission standards and other related matters, a source pointed out. The decision taken by IIT-Kanpur will have to get the nod of its board of governors in keeping with the IIT Act. While Section 15 of the IIT Act gives control and general regulation responsibility for maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination in the Institute to the senate, sources said that the function of the senate did not include admission standards, which is in the exclusive domain of the IIT council. The ministry has been caught in a bind. While endorsed by the IIT council, the one nation, one test issue has been close to HRD minister Kapil Sibals heart. Sources said that the ministry would have to take a political decision on postponing the exams to 2014 or will face the risk of alienating the powerful faculty lobby. Meanwhile, IIT Delhi Alumni Association and All India IIT Faculty Federation the two organizations opposing the governments move most vehemently have sought a meeting with the PM to apprise him of the situation.
IIT-Kharagpur director sticks to pro-CET stand
A day after he came under attack for supporting the Centres one-nation one-test proposal, IIT-Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya on Monday, 11th June, 2012 justified his stand saying that the new format would help students from rural areas to study in the prestigious institutions.
Courtesy: Times of India
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