New Delhi, June 15:
Representatives of the All India Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Faculty Federation met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Friday to discuss the concerns related to the ‘one nation, one test’ entrance examination for engineering institutes.
“We had a very fruitful discussing. The Prime Minister said that the brand IIT has to be maintained and added that as a former teacher he understands the importance of maintaining an institute’s academic autonomy,” Prof A.K. Mittal, Secretary, All India IIT Faculty Federation, said.
Representatives of all seven IITs were present at the meeting with the PM.
“Our PM has appreciated the key concerns we have been expressing. He has agreed to take up the matter with the Human Resource Ministry. We have 200 per cent faith in our PM and we are sure dialogue will open up again and fruitful solutions would emerge,” Prof K. Narasimhan, President of the Federation, and Faculty at IIT-Bombay, said.
He added that the PM has given assurance that the autonomy of the IITs will not be eroded and it will be protected at all levels.
Prof Narasimhan added that the IITs want the reform process to be kicked in only from 2014 to enable students to prepare accordingly.
Inclusion of board marks
He added that the IITs are not against the inclusion of board marks but they are not convinced with the proposed normalisation process and would like the exams in 2013 to be treated as a dry-run, enabling them to analyse how the inclusion of Class XII board marks changes the merit list.
This, Prof Narasimhan added, would help them come out with a better normalisation scheme.