Alumni and faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology have decided to file public interest litigations (PIL) in various high courts within a week to counter the changes in the Joint Entrance Exam (IITJEE) proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
We felt that we should try to get a hearing before June 5,prior to the meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) of MHRD, Somnath Bharti,president of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA),said.
The association held a meeting on Friday to discuss major concerns with the MHRDs decision on a common admission examination process,as communicated on May 28. The meeting was attended by members of IITDAA,Faculty Forum,All India IIT Faculty Federation and PanIIT.
The associations raised objections to the HRD Ministrys decision to give weightage to candidates Class XII marks.
They said school marks should act as a cut-off and not be given any weightage. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had said in February that the move will ensure that students pay equal attention to Board exams while preparing for JEE.
The associations said MHRDs decision to hold a common engineering entrance test,Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET),will increase pressure on students as they will have to appear for two tests for admission to IIT. They said this will also spur the coaching industry.
The alumni and faculty associations said IITs should retain control of ISEET.
All India IIT Faculty Federation Secretary A K Mittal said he would send their rebuttal to the MHRD proposal on Saturday.
Convenor of the meeting Somnath Bharti said,It was felt that Sibal did not keep his promise of not going ahead with the proposed changes if anyone of the seven senates raised objections. Five of the seven senates have dissented in writing,but the MHRD still went ahead with the proposal.
The IIT Council is an advisory body and senates are the conclusive authority in the admission process as per the IIT Act.
IIT alumni fund research projects,building of new facilities and sponsor scholarships at the institutes.