The response from the faculty may mean that the entrance test replacing IITJEE may not take place in 2013.
HRD minister Kapil Sibal and senior officials from the HRD Ministry had met with IIT directors, chairpersons and the All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIFF) on April 11 to discuss details for the common exam.
This was the first time that the parties had met after the IITs stated that they were not confident with the new system as there had not been time for discussion or review.
Faculty from the IITs felt the new exam could make it easier for weaker students to gain entry to the IITs. They also feel that giving 40 percentage weightage to Class 12 exams is unfair as different boards have different standards.
Reports quoted AIIFF members as describing the meeting between Sibal and the IITs as being “fruitful”, but further discussions needed to take place.