IIT Alumini Association and Faculty all set to battle.

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iitJune 2, New Delhi: IIT Alumini Association and the All India IIT Faculty Federation are planning a direct confrontation with the human resource development ministry’s entrance examination reforms. The faculty and alumni of IIT want the autonomy of the institute to be maintained.

The government had ruled that there will be now one common entrance test, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which will replace the old IIT-JEE and AIEEE.

The association has also decided to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in various high courts within a week and try to get the petition heard before June 5, the day the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is set to meet.

CABE, which has representatives from the central government and all state governments, is a key decision-making body of the human resource development ministry.

The new pattern, which combines IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination) and AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination), will be discussed in the meeting.

Somnath Bharti said senates of several IITs were not happy with the new pattern and the faculty of IIT-Kanpur had even decided to boycott the institute’s convocation Saturday.

The Alumni association has decided to form a small lobby group and over the course of the next week meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submit a memorandum apprising him of the objections to the common examination. The All India IIT Faculty Federation has already written, on Thursday, to the Prime Minister explaining their objections to the common exam and sought his intervention in the matter.

The Human Resource Development Ministry has consistently maintained that the common examination decision was a unanimous one of the IIT Council. It also argues that the IIT Act is clear that the Council has the final say in matters relating to the institutions. The alumni association and faculty federations disagree. They stress that the Senates of IITs should have the final say on the new pattern and that IIT Council can’t override their decision. It is being argued even under the Act, the IIT Council is an advisory body in matters relating to the admission process and that the Senates enjoy the conclusive authority in the admission process. A majority of the IIT Senate members opposed the ministry’s exam reforms.

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