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By Way2k Way2k
Way2k 3 Oct 2012
CET issue: PM meet IIT Federation

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, 14th June, 2012 will meet the Faculty Federation and Alumni Associations of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to discuss on the proposed Common Entrance Test (CET) issue. The meeting comes after the revolt against the proposed CET by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry by IIT-Kanpur professors who sought "direct and immediate intervention" of PM to settle the issue.

CET issue: PM meet IIT Federation

The Faculty Forum has opined that by doing away with the AIEEE, NIT, IIT-JEE and changing the exam format to a single CET, engineering aspirants would be burdened with pressure and tension. Urging the prime minister to use his "good offices" to thrash out the contentious issue at the earliest, IIT-Kanpur has also asked the prime minister to order cancellation of the proposed CET format that the HRD ministry is likely to implement. The IIT-Kanpur virtually revolted against the HRD ministry's move for a common entrance test and announced that it would hold its own entrance test from 2013. Soon after Kanpur raised the banner of revolt, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay also dropped enough hints that they too would go the Kanpur way.

There is a growing sentiment against the CET proposal, many in the IIT faculty feel. The IIT-Kanpur is upset with the ministry's decision to merge IIT Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) with the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and the 210-member senate of IIT-Kanpur has passed a resolution rejecting the new format. In a resolution moved and voted by the senate, it was said that the recent "IIT Council proposal on admissions to IITs is academically and methodically unsound and in violation of the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) and IIT Kanpur Ordinances (Ordinance 3.2 (Admissions)."


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