Unfazed by the opposition mounting against the new JEE format in the IIT community,the Human Resource Development Ministry has begun moving to take the proposed common entrance exam forward.
Kapil Sibals ministry will write to the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) to prepare for the JEE Advanced Test and start working out the finer points related to it,highly placed sources told The Indian Express. JEE Advanced is the exam under the proposed new common entrance format that will determine the final merit list for IIT admissions.
Since IIT Delhi is currently handling the JAB position,the ministry will send a communication,asking them to define the nature,modalities and timing of the exam. The ministry is of the opinion that it must be left to the IITs to decide whether they want a subjective/objective JEE Advanced,the nature of questions to be put,when and how often the exam should be conducted,whether or not they would like collaboration with CBSE for administrative assistance or even whether they would like to engage a testing agency to conduct the exam.
The ministry has already set up groups/committees to handle academic,administrative and test delivery aspects among other areas related to holding the common entrance exam.
Sibal,who chairs the IIT Council,had announced on May 28 that starting 2013,a new common entrance exam format for admission to IITs,NITs,IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutes would come into effect. According to this format,Class XII board marks will be factored in for determining eligibility of a student aspiring for admission to an IIT.
The new JEE will have two components JEE Main (for screening) and JEE Advanced (for the final IIT merit list) with 50 per cent weightage to Class XII scores at the screening stage.
The proposal is being opposed by the IIT Senates and alumni. IIT Kanpur Senate has gone as far as to pass a resolution saying that they would boycott the 2013 common entrance exam and instead hold their own JEE.
Members of the All India IIT Faculty Federation also met the Prime Minister last week on the issue and were assured that the autonomy of IITs would not be compromised. The federation raised three specific demands as well that no change should be effected in JEE 2013 and the present system should continue,that Senates of IITs be allowed to take decision on admission in IITs to ensure the academic autonomy of the IITs and consideration of board marks from 2014 to be worked out over a period of time after analysing the board data and results from the dry run.