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Jun 27, 2012 at 09:10am IST

Joint entrance row: IITs, Govt likely to agree on a compromise formula today

New Delhi: After weeks of uncertainty, the IIT admission row could be resolved on Wednesday. The IIT Council members will meet HRD ministry officials on Wednesday to try and resolve the issue.

Two alternatives are on the table:

-Letting only the top 20 percentile of each board appear for the advanced test. This would essentially be the entrance test for the IITs and will be under their control.

-The other option is to do away with weightage to class 12 board exam marks and instead, let the Joint Entrance Exam or JEE be treated as the IIT selection paper on which the final merit will be based.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal will chair the meeting of the IIT council, the highest decision making body of these elite institutes comprising IIT directors and heads of other educational bodies, deliberating on a resolution adopted by the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB).

The resolution was adopted by the JAB after discussing a compromise formula which was supposedly floated by the HRD Ministry to end the current impasse.

IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur had rejected the proposed format on the ground that the test was "academically unsound and procedurally untenable".

As per the compromise formula, JAB has sought a suitable time gap between the main and the advanced tests so that the results of mains are available before the advanced and only the top 1,50,000 candidates (including all categories) in the mains appear in the advance test.

The JAB resolution has also stressed that admission to the IITs be based only on rank achieved in the advance test "subject to the condition that selected candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards".

The government had on May 28 announced the new test from 2013, under which aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes such as NITs and IIITs will have to take tests under a new format of common entrance test which will also take the plus two board results into consideration.

According to sources, the IIT Council could also consider the feasibility of holding common counselling for all Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).

It could further take a stand on the issues raised in certain quarters that the Council does not have legal competence to decide on the admission standards in the IIT system.

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