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The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the Indian Institutes of Technology will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday, 23rd June, 2012 in Delhi to discuss the admission process for 2013. The board has not yet met after 28th May when the Centre announced the JEE reforms to be implemented from 2013 when a common entrance test will be held for all centrally funded technology institutes, including the IITs. The decision has caused resentment among the premier technology institutes prompting IITs Delhi and Kanpur to announce that they will conduct their own separate tests.
Usually JAB meets in the first week of August with the new chairmen. This meeting will, however, be attended by the directors of all IITs and the chairmen of JEE 2012. We hope that a possible solution to the problem could be arrived. There are rumours about the Centre considering a new proposal for admissions to IITs and we are expecting to be informed about it, said an official from IIT-Bombay, adding that there was no confirmation on it yet. An IIT-Delhi source said, whenever there is a change in the policy, the JAB is supposed to discuss it. The meeting on Saturday, 23rd June, 2012 will discuss the nature and modalities of JEE 2013. Though the pressure on the IITs to adopt the new JEE mounts with the Centre saying they will not go back on the council decision, IIT-Bombay’s senate is yet to meet to discuss the issue. The special senate meeting, earlier scheduled on June 27, has been postponed to the first week of July. In a mail sent by the faculty forum last Friday, 22nd June, 2012 only 65 out of more than 450 teachers on the campus have responded. A faculty member attributed the poor response to the vacation. Many faculty members are not on campus, so the meeting will be held after they rejoin. The director is yet to confirm a date for the senate. We need to ensure that the attendance is at least 150-200, said the professor. Council meeting on June 27: A special meeting of the IIT council has been convened by the Union HRD ministry for June 27. The JAB meeting on June 23 assumes significance as it will precede the meeting of the council, the highest decision-making body, headed by HRD minister Kapil Sibal and including directors of all the 16 IITs. The council would discuss the situation created by the difference in view among the IITs by the Centres proposal and the future course of action to end uncertainty among students, a source said. The meeting will discuss the fallout of the move of the two IITs, address the issue of uncertainty faced by the students and the way ahead, a statement from the ministry said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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