Arguing that the decision of the IIT Council is in tune with the international practices. He said "There is no intent to impact on the IIT system autonomy. The exam that is being contemplated is to be set by the IIT itself. Last month the HRD Ministry had announced the decision to merge IIT Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) with the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) from 2013.
However, IIT Kanpur senate has passed a resolution rejecting the new format and decided to conduct its own entrance exam from the next year. Sibal, which is leading a high-powered Indian delegation to co-chair the India-US higher education dialogue with US Secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said he would study IIT Kanour's decision on his return to India. "This in-fact has nothing to do with the government", he said asserting it would have no impact on the quality of the education in IIT's.