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The final decision regarding the Union HRD minister Kapil Sibals proposal to hold a common entrance test for the IITs is likely to be taken on Wednesday, 27th June, 2012. The directors of all the 15 IITs have already reached Delhi to participate in the IIT council meeting. While IIT Kanpur and Delhi have been most vociferous in their opinions against Sibals decision to hold a common test that will dilute the quality of the IIT brand, IIT Kharagpur along with IIT Mumbai are believed to be on the block that has preferred to wait and watch. The test that has caused a lot of flutter and faced resistance from the IITs, polarizing them into pro-test and anti-test lobbies, has also given way to voices of deep resentment at IIT Kharagpur.
Unless Wednesday’s, 27th June, meeting toes a middle line according to a formula that the IITs have already worked out, an emergency senate meeting will be called by the IIT Kharagpur faculty to veto the decision. It may be noted that while the majority of its faculty has expressed opinions against Sibals formula and has clearly said that there should be no change in the IIT entrance exam pattern till 2013, the 2nd June senate resolution does not reflect the same. The senate was inconclusive and it was decided that another one would be convened soon. But it didn’t happen and this has given rise to a lot of resentment. However, IIT Powai has already convened a senate on 5th July. Representatives of the IIT Kharagpur teachers association have also reached Delhi. The executive committee of the association has passed a resolution to oppose the common entrance exam and that will be voiced in Delhi on Tuesday, 26th June and Wednesday, 27th June. The faculty at IIT Kgp is pressing for a formula where the main exam will be taken by the CBSE board, but the advanced exam will be conducted by the IITs itself. The questions will be framed by them and the answer scripts corrected by them. Sibal has proposed a system where both the main test and the advanced test would take place on the same day, but only the top 65,000 candidates from the main exam will have their answer scripts evaluated for the advanced test. Teachers at IIT Kharagpur feel that making the candidates sit for two exams in a single day is unjustified. They believe the score of the board exams should be limited to the cut off and should not be made a part of the exam score of the candidate. IIT Kharagpur feels that after the first exam is conducted by the CBSE, a merit list of the top 65,000 candidates should be readied. The IITs would then conduct the advanced test after a long pause to offer candidates some relief. Finally, the answer scripts of all those appearing for the advanced exam will be evaluated. We will just wait for the council to announce its final decision and then start our offensive, said Prashanta Guha, spokesperson of the IIT Kharagpur teachers association.
Courtesy: Times of India
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