New Delhi: The joint council of the IITs and NITs will meet on Monday to discuss the government's move to hold a single entrance test for undergraduate technical courses. Sources say that the IITs, by and large, have opted to retain the existing format of JEE for 2013.
Ahead of Monday's crucial meeting, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday met the IIT faculty federation and is understood to have sought to resolve differences arising out of the government's move to hold a single entrance test for undergraduate technical courses.
Most of the IIT senates and faculty federation are opposing admission to the undergraduate engineering programmes under the new format which will replace IIT-JEE and AIEEE.
The IIT council had met on May 12 during which it is believed to have insisted that the proposed single entrance test may be used as the screening test for admissions to the undergraduate program.
Under the proposed new format, which the Ministry proposes to implement from 2013 onwards, a ranking list will be prepared based on Class XII results with 40 per cent weightage to be given after normalisation of marks, 30 per cent to the main test and 30 per cent to the advanced test.
Sunday's meeting, which was also attended by some IIT directors, is understood to have also discussed the details about the advanced test.
IITs are insisting that only performance in the advanced test will be used to select and admit candidates to the undergraduate programs.
Sources also said there is no clear majority view emerging on whether to use board marks as cut-off or as part of the initial screening process.
(With additional information from PTI)