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Sibal in a fix over CET 2013, IITs demand to retain the existing IITJEE format

Published On: 27 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 06 Jul 2012

The protest against the HRD ministry’s proposed common entrance exam is becoming hot day-by-day and the IIT council chairman and HRD Minister is in a fix. With Sibal’s acceptance to re-work on the proposed format by addressing the concerns of the IIT faculty, the IIT directors are now raising questions on the need to scrap the existing format of IITJEE 2012.

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs, at its meeting on Saturday, June 23, 2012 had made a unanimous decision that only students ranked in the top 20 percentile of each board will be eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam, for admission to the IITs. But IIT directors are questioning that if the alternative proposed by JAB is to be adopted, there is no need to abandon the existing IITJEE 2012 format and introduce an additional exam.

As per the earlier formula agreed upon, a candidate’s JEE main scores and normalized class XII board marks would be given 50:50 weightage. However, the JAB's new proposal indicates that no weightage will be given to Class XII board marks, it will be only used for short listing, thereby making the JEE Main invalid and unnecessary.

A special meeting of the IIT council scheduled for June 27, 2012 will discuss the JAB's proposal at a meeting on Wednesday.

As per the JAB's proposal, about 1.5 lakh students will be shortlisted to apply for admission to the IITs. With a meeting between the IIT faculty and Kapil Sibal in the pipeline, some IIT directors are now suggesting that the existing JEE format should be retained. Sources revealed that officials from the IITs are questioning the need for a JEE Main exam and change in format, which has been rendered useless after the JABs proposal.

Officials are also questioning the logic behind making students appear for an additional exam, when it does not serve any valid purpose. Certain IIT directors suggested retaining the format of 2012, and changing the eligibility criteria from the existing 60% marks to percentile ranks. The JAB will discuss and decide the cut-off ranks for eligibility to apply to the IITs. Sources claimed that the IITs are also suggesting that the counseling and seat allotments for the IITs should be jointly held with the National institutes of Technology (NIT).

However, the sections making these suggestions acknowledged the need for a change, and suggested that the JAB should start discussion for the post 2013 plans, in order to implement the changes in 2014 edition of the exam.

Sources revealed that other sections of the IITs are not too happy with the proposal to allow only the top 20 percentile in each board to be eligible for admissions to the IITs.

Source: Economic Times

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