Almost all states today opposed the Centre's proposal to allow flexibility to prestigious IITs according to which they can adopt a methodology for selection and admission of students which is different from the same in NITs and IIITs.
Led by Bihar, Education Ministers of the states almost unanimously said they cannot agree with a provision in the Centre's proposal that the selection criteria for candidates for the IITs would be different even as all the aspirants or IITS, IIITs and NIT will have to appear in a common test under a new format.
Considering the opposition from the Education Ministers assembled here to discuss the proposed Common Entrance Examination, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal agreed to incorporate in the minutes of the meeting that "the states were of the opinion that IITs should also adopt the same format" as that for for IIITs and NITs.
He, however, was non-committal on accepting the states' demand as IITs are governed by a separate Act.
The meeting also saw opposition from the states, including Congress-ruled Kerala and Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh, to the Centre's proposal for a common entrance test for all engineering institutions, including the colleges under the authority of state governments, along with the tests for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs.