It is still unclear when the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) senate will hold its special meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) issue, as the institute’s director is out of town.
Many of the IITs are up in arms after the Centre proposed to introduce a single entrance exam for all engineering colleges in the country from 2013.
IIT-B faculty members had planned to meet the director, Devang Khakhar, on Monday, to fix a date for the meeting, but said they would have to wait at least another day. “We are expecting him to be in on Tuesday,” said a faculty member.
The senate meeting is unlikely to take place for another week at least, because many members are still on leave. The new term begins on July 1.
On Monday, non-profit group Forum For Fairness in Educa-tion said it would file a public interest litigation in the Bombay HC against the Centre’s decision. “There are a lot of technical difficulties and dangerous errors in the proposal,” said Jayant Jain, president of the forum. “If they are not corrected then it will lead to chaos and destruction of the future of thousands of students.”
It is also learnt that the teachers’ association of IIT Kharagpur will soon write to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee seeking her intervention to thwart the Centre’s proposal.