- Saturday, 16 June 2012 23:29
- Deepak Kumar Jha | New Delhi
- Despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assurance of intervening
in the row over the process for qualifying to the coveted Indian
Institute of Technology, IIT Kanpur is exploring legal options to be
able to conduct an entrance test on its own.
Sources in the IIT-K senate said that the council of IITs can only advice the Academic senate which is not binding on the senates, and according to legal opinions, they can still go ahead with the Joint Entrance Examination.
The IIT-K Senate has already sent their dissent note in writing to the chairman of IITs Council, HRD Ministry and chairman of the Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur.
“The recommendation process is in contradiction of the stand of Senate as represented by its chairman in the council meeting held on May 12, 2012.
Consequently, the senate resolves to record its forceful dissent of the council resolution related to JEE,” said Sanjay G Dhande, director, IIT-K and chairman of the Senate, in his Dissent Note to stakeholders.
“They wanted us to put the Dissent Note in writing and we have done so. Furthermore, legal opinion has been sought and in any case, the decision of either the HRD Ministry or council of IITs is not binding on the senates which clearly means even if the Government is not serious in revoking its order, the Kanpur IIT will go ahead and conduct an independent entrance test,” a senior senator at IIT Kanpur said over phone.
The IIT Delhi Alumni Association has already threatened that if the Centre does not change the proposed pattern, they would take the battle to court.
IIT Delhi’s Regular Senate Meeting has been convened for June 21, however, sources said that as of now, the agenda meeting does not include discussion on a separate IIT Entrance test as announced by IITK. “The Delhi IIT was perhaps anticipating that the meeting with PM might bring some surprises and that is why the JEE has, as of now, not been included in the agenda. If it is not included, then the decision to ratify the Kanpur senate opinion may be taken in a Special Senate Meeting that can be called any day,” a Delhi IIT senator said, requesting anonymity. Bombay IIT’s Special Senate Meeting is scheduled for June 27.
Meanwhile, the minutes of JEE available with The Pioneer, has clearly pointed that all Academic Senates except IIT Guwahati in a meeting with the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on May 12, 2012 opined that there should not be any changes in the examination pattern till 2013. However, the council of IITs and other stakeholders meeting chaired by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal ignored the opinion of the senates thus leading to the present predicament for all - the institutes, the Government, IIT aspirants and several guardians.
“We were not opposed to change in system but wanted to wait till 2013 and any changes should have been made possible only by 2014. The HRM (Sibal) had something in his mind and he perhaps wanted to do during his own tenure gauging at the perpetual instability of the UPA Government at Centre,” quipped a very senior professor from IIT-K.
“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”
How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.
Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.
God Save India
Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.
All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.
"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha