WITH stiff opposition from faculty members and senates of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to the proposed reforms in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE),the institutes are now in the process of studying the changes mooted,while simultaneously formulating implementable solutions. The suggestions and views will be placed before the respective IIT senates for discussion. There is a large support for some reforms. We will come up with a proposal for selection of students. The ball is in our court now, said IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar.
There has been discontent among several IITs over the manner in which the new system is being introduced,with faculty members even questioning its fairness. The proposed reforms say that 40 per cent weightage has to be given to a students performance in the Class 12 Board exam. Many IIT faculty members have argued that this may dilute the quality of students being admitted to the IITs as normalisation of state board exam results is difficult and may not be foolproof. Are cent meeting between the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and representatives from several IITs on the proposed reforms had ended inconclusively. Now,the IITs are reviewing the reform proposals and will submit their recommendations to the IIT Council in May.
While the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) was expected to be rolled out from 2013,faculty members said owing to the current deadlock,it is not clear whether the new admission procedure can be implemented next year. It depends on how big a change it is, said Khakhar.
Meanwhile,in a move to enhance industry collaborations,IIT Bombay will identify various sectors or themes and create a roadmap for research and development with the concerned industries. IIT Bombay,for the first time on Thursday,reached out to the industry by showcasing its research projects and current collaborations and brainstorming on ways in which the interactions can be taken forward.
We can look at existing initiatives like the health consortium or our centres in areas like photovoltaic research,aerospace and nano electronics to identify themes,set a roadmap for implementation and take yearly stock of developments. Further,we have a database of of 350 industries and are looking at creating long term,strategic associations with them, said Prof Rangan
Banerjee,dean of research and development at IIT Bombay.