Naveed IqbalPosted: Apr 16, 2012 at 0354 hrs IST
President of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA) Himangshu Vaish said, “With changes in the selection process and opening up of eight more IITs in quick succession — to ride piggy back on the success of the earlier IITs — could seriously compromise the overall quality of education in IITs.” He said the phenomena of adding new colleges to an established brand has not been done in the case of other leading institutes like Harvard and Stanford and is a matter of concern to the entire IIT fraternity.
Vaish said, “The changes in the selection process in the past has already started compromising the intake quality and any further changes in the process could seriously hamper the growth of IITs.” He was speaking at the third Leadership Conclave of The IIT Delhi Alumni Association Vision 2020. The association has nearly 35,000 members and chapters across India and abroad.
The alumni also raised concern over government’s decision to “do away with” the IIT-JEE.
Chairman (organising committee) of the conclave and former President IITDAA Shashi Munjal said, “We are meeting to assess whether IITs are following the path originally envisaged.The government’s steps to scrap the JEE is causing heartburn to the IITians.
Stalwarts of the industry came together to discuss the issues concerning their alma mater. The participants at the conclave deliberated on bringing industry closer to IITs, engaging alumni in national policy making and improving infrastructure of the IITs.
Speaking about the autonomy of IITs, Secretary of the association Somanath Bharti said that policy decisions regarding an IIT are initiated by the senate, then the board of governor and then the IIT council which in turn takes these decisions to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. “But with regard to the JEE, the government took the reverse order and announced the changes without first consulting the IIT senates, “ he said.