IIT faculty representatives from the six IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Madras), who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence on Friday, were assured that he would not like to tamper with the IIT system.
In a meeting that lasted for more than 30 minutes, the PM listened patiently to all issues raised by them and agreed to protecting the academic autonomy of the IITs. Singh also promised them that he will discuss all the issues with the HRD minister. He however, maintained that all problems should be resolved through dialogue.
"The meeting was very good. The PM gave us a good audience. We presented all our issues to him and he has assured us that he will talk to the HRD minister," Prof K Narasimhan , president All India IIT Faculty Federation said.
"The PM agreed that the autonomy of the IITs should not be tampered with. He said all the problems should be resolved through a dialogue. We fully agree with this and want to resolve everything through a constructive process of dialogue," he added.
Prof Guha who represented IIT Kharagpur said : " The government is claiming that it has changed the IIT pattern because the children are not going to school. I told the PM that it is the responsibility of the state government and the state board to raise the standard of education."
The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the PM.
Anxiety over course allotment
Even as India is debating the implications of the new IIT pattern, more than 12,000 candidates across the country sat glued to their computers from 5 pm on Thursday desperately trying to find the course they had been allocated in the IIT this year.
The last date for the submission of choice of courses was June 10. The course allocation was to be uploaded on the www.jee.iitd.ac at 5 pm on June 14.
But even after more than 24 hours of the deadline, the allocated courses were not displayed on the website. Since Thursday 11.30pm the website has been showing a message saying - 'course allocation is delayed'.
The reason for the delay was not mentioned, creating a lot of confusion and speculation among the students.
Organising chairman of JEE 2012 GB Reddy said there was a technical snag. "There is a software problem," he said. He ruled out the speculation that the delay was because of absorbing candidates under the the 4.5% sub-quota in the OBC category.