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IIT's Autonomy Gets Assured By Prime Minister

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PM Assures IIT's Autonomy
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Friday assured the members of the ALL India Faculty Federation (AIIITFF) that the autonomy of the prestigious IIT's (Indian Institute of Technology) would remain as "Intact". Federation members, who include faculty form all IIT's, meet the prime minister here Friday morning in order to seek his intervention in the new common entrance test format, which they believe will dilute the IIT's.

AIIITFF President Sanjeev Sanghavi told media persons after the meeting that "Dr.Manmohan Singh showed immense patience and listened to our issues and concerns. He has asked us to remain engaged in dialogue with the HRD Ministry and assured us he'll talk to Mr.Kapil Sibal".

Members at the Federation were found very stressed at the meeting that IIT's should remain in control of the admission process to their institutes, and that any new entrance test format should not be implemented in the 2013 session. The federation also raised the issue of giving weightage to school board marks called normalization in the admission process.

AIIITFF Secretary AK Mittal said "Normalization of board marks needs more study". Prof.SK Das from IIT Madras clarified that they did not object to the proposal in totality, but it required more homework. Das said "We don't oppose the proposal but we want that the examination be conducted by the IIT's only and not by an outside agency. There are two parts to the exam, screening and final selection, and at least the final selection should be in our hands".

However, the federation along with the IIT alumni associations, have been opposing the new format entrance test as it incorporates a non-IIT format. The proposed format also includes a fixed weightage for school board marks. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had earlier declared that the common entrance would not effect the autonomy of the IIT's.

Well, the results are yet to be revealed soon by the HRD Ministry and the Federation on IIT's would go with the Common Entrance test or their own entrance tests!!....

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