Wednesday, 27 June 2012

IIT-CET row: Compromise formula reached

New Delhi: The HRD ministry and IIT Council arrived at a consensus over the entrance exam pattern for admission to the prestigious engineering institutes with an agreement on a new entrance test formula proposed by the IITs.

The agreement was reached at a meeting of the IIT Council convened in the capital to discuss the proposed common entrance test after opposition from some of the IITs. The meeting was attended by directors of all IITs.

According to reports, All IITs have agreed to the new formula that has ended the IIT row. In the new formula, two exams, main and advanced tests will be held.

The IITs would conduct an advance test in which top 1.5 lakh students from the CET would sit. This advance test would be held on a date different from the CET.

As per the new formula, IIT will take top 20 percent scorers of all boards and then conduct the final exam.

The new procedure will be implemented from 2013 session, if accepted by the ministry.

New selection process will be based on merit.

In an unexpected move, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal skipped today’s meeting with IIT Directors. Official sources said that he wanted to show that there is no political interference of the government in the decision.

After the crucial meeting ended, official from IIT Delhi said, “Now, no separate test is needed.”
"We have taken a unanimous decision to follow the formula suggested in Saturday's meeting. IIT will get control of advance test," said M. Anandkrishnan, chairman, board of governors, IIT-Kanpur.

Earlier, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur had rejected the proposed format on the ground that the test was "academically unsound and procedurally untenable".

The government had on May 28 announced the new test from 2013, under which aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes such as NITs and IIITs will have to take tests under a new format of common entrance test which will also take the plus two board results into consideration.
Source - ZEE NEWS