IIT Delhi may be pushed by its alumni association to follow IIT Kanpur in picking its own students for the next academic year while IIT Guwahati and IIT Kharagpur have clearly backed the Centre's move to conduct a common entrance test for all centrally-funded engineering institutes.
"In all likelihood, IIT-Delhi senate seems to be geared up to follow IIT Kanpur senate," said IIT Delhi alumni president Somnath Bharti on Saturday.
Sources said a meeting of the IIT-Delhi senate is likely to be held in the next 10 days. IIT Delhi director RK Shevgaonkar was, however, non-committal. "We will go with the decision of our own senate on the issue."
IIT Kanpur on Friday decided to conduct its own entrance test. It termed "academically and methodically unsound” the May 28 decision of the IIT Council. The IIT Kanpur senate unanimously passed the resolution at its special meeting attended by around 80 members, on Friday. The admission committee for the exam would be announced shortly.
"In the interest of students, we have decided to hold a separate exam. We won’t be a part of the joint test proposed by IIT Council in 2013," said YN Mohapatra, spokesperson, IIT Kanpur senate, adding that IIT senates have the right to decide their admission process and syllabi.
While Mohapatra invited other IITs to follow in the institute’s footsteps, there was no immediate support.
IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar said there were no plans of holding a separate test. IIT-Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya also said the institution did not have any objection to the Centre's move.
IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua said: "I am sad they have to take this extreme step..."
If the move comes about, this will be the first time an IIT won’t form part of the JEE. The IIT Kanpur Students' Forum had criticised the single entrance test format, saying it would put students under greater stress.
(With agency inputs)