In a meeting, members of the alumni association, All India IIT faculty federation, PanIIT and IIT alumni of Kharagpur stated that the complete control of the IIT examination should remain with IIT, like the existing pattern.
Members of the faculty federation have recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing their opposition to the plan.
“School marks should act as a cut-off and not given any weightage. Stress on school board, JEE (main) and JEE (advance) will only increase the pressure on students rather than taking that off and further propel the coaching industry by manifolds,” was unanimously said in the meeting.
Sibal, in response to the growing opposition from the IIT’s to the common entrance test, stated that the IIT council along with the council of National Institute of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) had unanimously taken the decision.
“Senates of IITs should have the final say on the new pattern and can not be overridden by IIT council,” said a member. All India IIT Faculty Federation secretary A K Mittal stated that they would send their rebuttal to the proposal on June 2. Mittal and Sanjiv Sanghi, president faculty forum, will communicate with various IIT senates and arrange formal rejection of the May 28 proposal of the HRD Ministry.
“We have decided that the IIT alumni will form a lobby group to meet the prime minister and submit a memorandum to apprise him with the objections in three-four days. PILs will be filed in various High Courts within a week,” said the member. It was unanimously decided to demand a status quo till 2014.
The exam will be known as ISEET, the first common entrance test for engineering colleges of the country to enroll students in bachelor programmes. The ministry is all set to do away with the two well-known engineering exams AIEEE and IIT-JEE from next year. The ISEET main and advance exam will carry 60 per cent weightage, and 40 per cent will be given to Class XII board exam scores.