Students and faculties of IITs have opposed the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry’s proposal to change the format of IIT-JEE examination from 2013 and give 40% weightage to board examination marks.
Sources said many IITs, including those in Kanpur, Delhi, Mumbai and Khargapur, have not supported the proposed changes in the current form.
The All India IIT Faculty Federation has sent a letter to HRD minister Kapil Sibal and its copy to the Prime Minister’s Office stating that the academic issues, including the admission standards and process, were primarily the sole responsibility of the senates.
“The views of IIT senates must form the basis for the final formulation of admission process. It is shocking that till today the views of the senates have not been invited,” the federation said.
Maintaining that the faculties were initiating discussions at the institutional platforms, including senate or general body meetings, the federation said the opinion that had emerged didn’t support the proposals.
The federation has demanded that the proposal be put on hold till the senates of IITs come up with their own views and recommendations.
The IIT Kanpur Students’ Senate, which met recently, stated that the Ramasami committee targeted certain problems in the current system, including commercialised coaching classes, rural-urban and gender disparities, negligence of school education and increased stress on students. However, it said, the report did not clearly mention how its recommendations would solve these problems.
Observing that normalisation of marks of students, belonging to more than 30 different boards, was a complex and non trivial task, the senate said the board exams lacked transparency and uniformity. It also said each institute should get freedom to decide on its own admission process.
Stating that any decision of such magnitude should involve consultation with all stake holders, the student senate said the panel report had suggested interactions with IIT faculties and students. But, it said, no interaction on the proposals had been conducted among the panel members and students and faculty of IIT Kanpur so far.