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IIT faculty flays common entrance test format

Press Trust of India
May 31, 2012 at 11:55pm IST

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New Delhi: In the backdrop of government's announcement to hold a common entrance test for undergraduate programmes in IITs under a new format, the Faculty federation of the institutes on Thursday alleged the new pattern would erode the autonomy of the elite institutions.

"As far as holding the test is concerned, the new format will erode the autonomous status enjoyed by IITs," said President of Faculty Federation of IIT-Delhi, Sanjeev Sanghi, adding they had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmonhan Singh on Thursday in this regard.

Sanghi also regretted the decision to hold the test under the new format from 2013, saying their plea to hold it from 2014 has been rejected.

IIT faculty flays common entrance test format

The Faculty federation of the institutes alleged the new pattern would erode the autonomy of the elite institutions.

"This will create a big problem because the IITs will be left with no time to conduct a dry run to assess the new format," he said.

The HRD Ministry had recently announced a new format for the IIT entrance under which the plus two Board results of the candidates will also be taken into consideration.

Under the prescribed format, for admission to all centrally-funded institutes, there would be 40 percentage weightage for performance in Class XII (after normalisation of marks), 30 per cent weightage to performance in main and 30 per cent in the advanced test.

In case of IITs, there would be a filtering process involved. The Board results and the main test will be given 50 per cent weightage each.

Only the top 50,000 students will be selected for the advance test after taking into account their performance in the board results and the main result.

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