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The combined entrance test for admission to central engineering institutes, including Indian Institutes for Technology (IITs), has come under fire from the institutes alumni and students. The IIT faculty federation has shot off a letter to PM Manmohan Singh strongly opposing the move. IIT Delhi alumni president Somnath Bharti said they were considering legal recourse. We are looking at legal options, he said, adding that the new format would increase dependence on coaching institutes and would be subject to the varying standards of Class XII boards, massively bringing down the standard of the premier institute.
Sources in IIT said several directors were unhappy with the decision to bring these changes but were left with little option but to comply. All India IIT Faculty Federation secretary A K Mittal said, we feel cheated. Despite promising us that no steps will be taken if there is any dissent, the HRD minister has gone ahead. Mittal said they had written to the PM highlighting the practical problems of introducing a new format in 2013. Five out of the seven IIT senates had opposed the move and are opposed to academic control being taken away from IIT. Author Chetan Bhagat, an ex-IITian, tweeted; it makes me extremely sad to see an institution that gave me so much being destroyed by politicians.Describing the decision to have a new exam as disastrous, Bhagat said, the new IIT selection rules are part of the governments can’t make new A-grade institutions. Lets destroy what we have policy. Criticizing the weightage being given to Class XII board exam, Bhagat said, in my Class XII practicals, people who knew the teacher got full marks. Now that will count in the IIT entrance. He was joined by Super 30s Anand Kumar, who said the decision would go against rural students. Students who come from rural backgrounds manage to pass by studying on their own.They will not be able to compete with others, he said. If there can be one test for more competitive AIIMS examination, which has fewer seats and more candidates, and IIMs, why cant there be such a similar test for the IITs, Kumar said. He said the pressure of three tests, especially the JEE advanced, which is expected to be tougher, will increase mental stress on children. Anand also opposed the move to introduce the new system by next year. A worried parent Sanjiv Malhotra said if JEE-mains and JEE advanced were held the same day, it would be psychologically draining for students.
Courtesy: Times of India
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