New Delhi: Differences have begun to emerge among the IITs over HRD Minister Kapil Sibal's proposal for the entrance exam procedure. The Director of IIT Kharagpur, Damodar Acharya, is the first to go against the wave of opposition, endorsing Sibal's idea.
This has upset the institute's senate, which is to come out with its action plan on Monday, against the common entrance test. In a statement, All India IIT Faculty Federation said that it was "shocked to learn that the Director, IIT Kharagpur has made public statements which are in contradiction to the resolutions made by the Senate of IIT Kharagpur."
Acharya had said on Saturday that the institution does not have any objection to the Centre's move to conduct a common entrance exam for central engineering institutions.
While IIT Kharagpur has opposed the idea of a common entrance exam, the institute's director has endorsed Kapil Sibal's move.
The Federation said that resolutions of the IIT Kharagpur Senate did not recommend inclusion of Class XII board marks, and conduct of JEE by a third party.
"IIT Kharagpur Senate categorically said that till 2014, no change should be made and status quo be maintained," it said.
Separately, faculty of the IIT-Kharagpur also issued a statement rejecting the Centre's proposal for a Common Entrance Test into IITs, NITs and IIITs.
"The trust that IIT-JEE has earned over the last five decades is due to the continuous evolution of processes and unflinching devotion of the faculty and staff of IITs.... Any test leading to ranking in IIT admissions must be wholly owned by IITs," it said.
Meanwhile, IIT Guwahati and Delhi still remain non-committal on the agitation. In fact the Delhi faculty is to come out with its plan some time later this week.
The director of IIT Guwahati had also endorsed the new entrance exam idea. Criticising the decision taken by IIT-Kanpur Senate, Director of IIT Guwahati Gautam Barua had 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.
IIT Kanpur, the first to publicly boycott the exam, remains firm on holding its own independent entrance exam in 2013.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had on May 28 announced that from 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under a new format of common entrance test, which will also take the plus two board results into consideration.
Sibal had claimed that it was approved without dissent at a council consisting of the IITs, the IIITs and the NITs.
(With additional information from PTI)