NEW DELHI: With the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) expressing reservations on the common entrance test (CET) for engineering, the government has sent two teams to Kanpur and Mumbai to discuss the prickly issues. HRD minister Kapil Sibal will also meet IIT council, representatives of the IIT faculty federation and others on Wednesday.
At least three IITs - Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai - and the All-India IIT Faculty Federation have expressed their concerns on the CET, arguing that the move will dilute Brand IIT.
The government's proposal is to change the IIT-JEE format by introducing two-part objective-type tests and giving weightage to Class XII marks.
Sources said IIT-Madras governing board chairman Prof M M Sharma, IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthy, IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Dhande and IIT-Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya visited Mumbai on Monday, while Acharya and IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Barua were in Kanpur last week for discussions with other educationists.
The issue will be taken up with the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting that is slated to be held on April 23.
To add to the HRD ministry's woes is the IIT Faculty Federation that has argued that the proposed reforms would not serve the purpose of getting students with high aptitude and knowledge.
The IITs are in favour of pushing for its implementation in 2014.