IITians on Saturday constituted a group that would fight for the autonomy of the institutions, and force the government to roll back its decision to change the JEE pattern next year.
The group — called IITians for IIT’s autonomy — is likely to file a PIL in the high court on Monday. The group has also sought time from the PMO to submit a memorandum.
“This is the banner under which we will fight against the government’s decision,” SC advocate Somnath Bharti, resident of the Delhi IIT Alumni Association, said.
The government’s decision poses a threat to the very autonomy of the IITs, he added.
The Institutes of Technology Act and the Statutes of IIT categorically state that the senate holds conclusive authority over the mode of admission and the admission process to IITs.
“Five of the seven IIT senates had rejected the government’s plan to change the pattern of the exam from 2013. Despite this, it went ahead and changed the pattern. Is this not against the IIT Act?” said a group member.
Meanwhile, at the convocation ceremony of IIT-Kanpur, only half the usual number of senators participated. A bare minimum were present to ensure that students are not affected, a faculty member said.