With most of the IIT senates claiming that it is too late to bring in any sweeping reforms in IIT-JEE from 2013, the government may have to roll back its plans to change the selection procedure for IITs from next year. The government wants to hold a common engineering examination and give 40% weightage to board examination marks as part of the IIT admission reforms.
According to sources, the senates of IITs in Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur and Khargapur are firm in their opinion that implementing any change from 2013 in the JEE exam would be unpragmatic and confusing for the students. The senates have strongly felt that there should be a lean period of at least two years before the actual implementation of the reforms.
They also said the common engineering exam, which the government has proposed from next year, could be simply a ‘filtering’ exercise. IIT Delhi senate, which met on Wednesday, proposed that the number of students, who would qualify the exam, could be around five times the total number of seats. But the final selection would depend on a students’s merit and performance in a separate exam that would be thought-provoking, theoretical and not based on multiple choice answers.
The senate was of the view that besides qualifying the common engineering exam, a student should secure around 80% marks in the board exam. This, they feel, will ensure students don’t neglect board examinations.
The Open House of IIT Kanpur Faculty has expressed that 2013 would be too early to effect any change in the exam pattern. “We are the stakeholders and we have to first observe. The implementation can be done only after two years. But the common exam will be used only for filtering students. We can think of allowing first 10% of the AIEEE rank holders to appear for the IIT-JEE exam. But we will not let the common exam become a selection criteria,” said a member of IIT Kanpur senate.
The HRD ministry had had consultations with different stake holders last month and had asked the senates of different IITs to give their recommendation before May 10.