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Even as Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday, 20th June said the government would not reverse the IIT Council decision on a new JEE format with weightage on school board scores, sources said that an olive branch had been informally extended to all IIT senates and faculty federations suggesting that their demands may be agreed upon. It is learnt that a new formula has been proposed wherein the top 20 percentile holders in Class XII boards would be eligible to take the JEE Advanced for admission to IITs. IIT senates have been insistent that school board scores be only used as a cut-off for determining eligibility for an IIT test. An urgent meeting of the IIT Joint Admission Board has been called on Saturday at IIT-Delhi to find a compromise formula to resolve the stand-off between IITs and the ministry on the issue. While the ministry is directly not holding discussions with IIT faculty, ‘feelers’ have been sent out through directors of all IITs, sources said.
Meanwhile, faculty forums of IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Delhi have begun meeting to deliberate on the compromise offer. Directors of various IITs are discussing the proposal with faculty to broker peace. Sources within IIT senates confirmed that feelers had been sent out to them, but at the same time said that they were not particularly enthused as no written formula has come from the ministry so far. “There is no written proposal from the ministry, the directors or the JAB. We have been told that the ministry is willing to agree to all our demands, including the class XII board scores weightage issue. However, the ministry is at the same time making statements that it will not roll back the IIT Council decision. The ministry is talking in multiple voices, so we are not very excited by this turnaround. The top 20 percentile formula is definitely welcome, but we would prefer to deliberate on cut-off issue after studying the JEE scores,” said a faculty member at IIT-Kanpur. Senate members of other IITs said they would be willing to go forward with the new exam pattern in 2013 with the 20 percentile formula, provided the ministry issues a clear statement with details of syllabus, structure and percentile aspects. They point out that the new formula would require tweaking of the proposed admission format for other Centrally-funded technical institutes such as the NITs. The ministry has written to IIT-Delhi, which is currently handling the JAB position to call a meeting and define the “nature, modalities and timing” of the JEE Advanced exam. Members of the All India IIT Faculty Federation met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week and raised three demands — that no change should be effected in JEE 2013 and the present system should continue, that Senates of IITs be allowed to take decision on admission in IITs to ensure the academic autonomy of the IITs, and consideration of board marks from 2014 to be worked out over a period of time after analysing the board data and results from the dry run.
Courtesy: The Financial Express
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