He said that "Academic autonomy of IIT system has to be maintained, and must be maintained, that is quite clear. But if someone says look autonomy of IIT's is being jeopardized, I wold respectfully beg to differ. If I am enlightened further how it is being jeopardized, I am always open to make them more empowered".
The minister's comments come after the senate of IIT Kanpur came out against the common test and announced a separate entrance test from 2013. Senates of several other IIT's have followed suit, with many saying they did not agree to this new format with merged entrance of IIT's with that for the National Institutes o Technology (NIT's) and IIIT's (Indian Institutes of Information Technology). The format also includes a fixed weightage from school board marks to the entrance test scores.
The IT Faculty Federation, and alumni associations have called the decision an attack on the autonomy of the institutions. They have said the senates were over-ruled while taking this decision, even as several IIT directors spoke in favour of the new format.
However, Sibal said that the decision of the common entrance test was not his, but that of the IIT council. He said "Quite frankly this is not the minister's decisions. This is the unanimous decision of the council, consisting of all the IIT directors and chairmen. Then we have the IIT Council representatives there, we have NIIT Council representatives there. All of them decided unanimously for a particular course of action".
"In terms of the IIT Act, there is an IIT Council. In terms of that Act, the council is entitled to take certain decisions by virtue of a statue. The council has endorsed those decisions. I do not know what the exact objections it is to? Rather, I would go back and find out the exact nature of these objections and will surely address it", he included in his speech.
Well, the IIT Faculty Federation and IIT Delhi Alumni Association have also come across a decision, in order to meet the prime minister over this issue, hoping for the right and valuable decision.