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Are IITs divided over 'one-nation one-test' proposal?

Press Trust of India
Jun 09, 2012 at 11:26pm IST

New Delhi: The IITs appeared to be divided on Saturday over HRD ministry's 'one-nation one-test' proposal with the prestigious engineering institutions at Guwahati and Kharagpur opposing IIT-Kanpur's decision to conduct its own entrance exam from next year and backed the Centre's move.

IIT-Delhi, meanwhile, is being pushed by its Alumni Association to follow the example of IIT-Kanpur and oppose the move initiated by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. Criticising the decision taken by IIT-Kanpur Senate on Friday, Director of IIT-Guwahati Gautam Barua said he was "surprised" at their "reaction."

"I am sad actually that they have to take this extreme step for such a small matter," he said. "Right now, we are not talking about one common entrance exam. We are basically talking about...for having a common exam for NITs, IITs and IIITs. Whether this lead to a common exam for everybody, only time will tell," Barua said.

Are IITs divided over new entrance test format?

IIT-Guwahati and IIT-Kharagpur are opposing IIT-Kanpur's decision to conduct its own entrance exam.

Professor Damodar Acharya, Director of IIT-Kharagpur, said the institution does not have any objection to the Centre's move to conduct a common entrance exam for central engineering institutions.

At its meeting, the Senate of IIT-Kanpur had said the IIT Council's recent proposal on admissions is "academically and methodically unsound" and decided to go it alone. "In all likelihood, IIT-Delhi Senate seems to be geared up to follow IIT-Kanpur Senate," IIT Delhi alumni president

Somnath Bharti told PTI.

Sources said a meeting of the Senate of the IIT-Delhi is likely to be held in the next 10 days and its decision is expected to be made known.

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