While keeping in mind the urgent need to remove uncertainties from the minds of the students, IIT Kanpur on Saturday accepted the 20 percentile formula for JEE 2013 but only as an 'interim measure'.
The IIT Kanpur senate however made some major recommendation in the interest of the students. It suggested that to be fair to students, the eligibility criteria for those who had passed the board exam in 2012 and were re-appearing again in 2013 should be 60% as that of JEE 2012.
The senate also decided that the number of students to be short listed for IIT JEE 2013 should be based on the available data and the nature of the advanced paper.
"For instance if the advanced paper was theoretical based then it will not be practical to filter 1.5 lakh students," says an IIT Kanpur professor.
It was also recommended that a formal document containing all details of responsibilities and liabilities, time-lines, financial and all other logistic matters be signed with the organization conducting the screening test that will be used to select students for the IIT JEE exam.
But the most important suggestion made by IIT Kanpur senate was that for JEE 2014 and beyond a senate committee be constituted that will study all aspects of the admission process.
The committee will arrive at recommendations based on sound methodological principles supported by data collected from appropriate original sources and be broadly guided by the three main observations of the senate made earlier, namely that the selection process be a two stage examination with stage-1 acting as a filter for stage-2, both the design and conduct of the stage-2 examination should be completely owned by the IIT system and in addition to Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics students should also be tested for general aptitude and other skills at some stage.
Lastly the Senate recommended that Joint Admission Board (JAB) should constitute a separate committee consisting of representatives nominated by senates of the IITs to advise JAB on the nature of the IIT entrance test and the process of admission.
IIT Kanpur was the first to protest against the earlier proposal mooted by the government in which weightage was given to school boards. The new pattern does not give weightage to boards but it makes it mandatory for the child to be in the top 20 percentile bracket of his board for becoming eligible for IIT JEE 2013.
IIT Bombay had on July 25 accepted the percentile formula with a recommendation to prune the number of filtered students for advanced exam from 1.5 lakh to 50000.