A two-part admission procedure, only board marks to determine eligibility and reforms only from 2014: these were among the general points of agreement at an Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) senate meeting on Friday.
The senate was debating the report of a senate subcommittee on Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) submitted to the director last month, which had suggested these points. The JEE determines entry to the IITs.
The special meeting was convened to discuss the report after the ministry asked the IITs to come up with their own reforms proposals following opposition from the senates of IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Bombay and IIT-Delhi on the proposed reforms.
The ministry’s reforms include using a candidate’s board marks based on a normalised percentile score in drawing up the merit list. They also want to implement the reforms from and had suggested reforms be ushered in from 2013 itself.
The IIT-B subcommittee report recommended that candidates first appear for a national screening test in April, followed by a second stage test (akin to the JEE) in May to determine entry to the IITs. The report had also said that board marks only be used for the purposes of eligibility to write the test and not to determine admissions to the IITs.
“The senate will draw up a resolution with these key points based on the consensus at Friday’s meeting,” said an official who attended the meeting. “The main issue is not to implement the reforms from 2013 and to have a two-stage process without board marks for now.” A document based on the discussion will be finalised by Monday and forwarded to the IIT council meeting scheduled for May 12. IIT-B director Devang Khakhar declined to comment on the issue.
The report had also recommended that the second stage test, or the JEE, be a subjective-type test “based on conceptual understanding, analytical thinking and problem solving abilities”, with separate sections for Maths, Physics and Chemistry.