The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, whether it admits students for its Masters in Technology (M Tech) course on the basis of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
The GATE brochure says that IITs admit students for M Tech on the basis of the test score, but IIT Kharagpur denied it in a reply to an RTI applicant. This contradictory position was brought before the information commission this week.
The GATE test is conducted by IITs for post-graduate admissions. On Sunday, thousands of students from across India took the examination.
Rajiv Kumar, the RTI applicant, had sought information from IIT Kharagpur regarding students called for interview on the basis of their GATE score in August 2010. A month later, the IIT told him that no students in IITs were admitted on the basis of the test score. The same was reiterated in a reply to the first appeal filed by Kumar.
He then filed a complaint with the CIC, claiming that the information provided was misleading and incorrect. He also attached a brochure of the GATE examination, stating that admissions in all IITs and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, for the masters programmes are based on the test result.
Information commissioner Deepak Sandhu asked IIT Kharagpur’s public information officer A Patro to clarify. Patro claimed that the information was correct. He also told the commission that the information was provided to him by PKG Mohapatra, dean, post-graduate studies, of the IIT.
Kumar, a professor at IIT Kharagpur, termed the information “patently incorrect”.
Sandhu asked Patro to reconfirm the information with the dean and, if it was correct, to state the same through an affidavit.