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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the autonomy of IITs will remain intact, the IIT faculty federation, opposing the proposed common entrance to these institutes, claimed after meeting him. We explained each of our points to him (PM). He has told us he will talk to the HRD minister and assured that the autonomy of the IITs will remain intact, A. K. Mittal, secretary of All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF), said after the federation met Singh. The federation has been lobbying against the common entrance test (CET) for admission to the undergraduate programme to the IITs and other centrally-funded institutes saying that this will undermine the autonomous status enjoyed by the IITs.
During the meeting, the federation raised the issue of autonomy and said the decision taken by the IIT council about holding the one nation one examination should be ratified by all the IIT senates. We also insisted that any change in the entrance test should be effected only after 2013, Mittal said. The federation also raised the issue of giving weightage to board marks after the process of normalization for preparing the merit list, saying normalization of board marks needs more studies, he said. The federation, which is of the view that the new format will increase stress of students instead of decreasing it, has said that students aspiring to join institutes other than the IITs need not sit for two test main and advance as proposed. IIT Delhi alumni association president Somnath Bharti said that this was a significant milestone in the fight for IITs autonomy. He expressed hope that the HRD ministry will withdraw their decision of new JEE in view of the dissenting senates views. He also added that IIT Kanpur alumni association had expressed support with the Delhi alumni in its opposition to the common entrance test. S K Das from IIT Madras clarified that they did not object to the proposal in totality, but that it requires more homework. There are two parts to the exam, screening and final selection, and at least the final selection should be in our hands, Das said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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