Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal has made it clear that there is no going back on the new entrance test format for all the engineering institutes including the IITs. In an interview with CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, he defended the new format saying it would help improve the declining school standards and will also help more girl students get into the IITs considering they do well in the Class 12 boards.
Following is the transcript of Sagarika Ghose's interview with Kapil Sibal on the new entrance test format:
Sagarika Ghose: Hi there. A warm welcome to this Face The Nation special. Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal sparked a controversy when he announced that there will be single entrance test for all the engineering institutes including the IITs. The IITs have come out strongly in opposition to this move. We have heard from the IITs so far. Let's now hear from the Union Minister himself, Mr Kapil Sibal. Thank you so much for joining us. Explain to us why you think this new exam is an improvement from the joint entrance exam.
Kapil Sibal: First of all two statements. Number one this is not my decision, this is the decision of IIT Council, which is a statutory authority under the IIT act. This is not the government's decision or a minister's decision. Number two, the IITs by and large have accepted this decision. The only opposition that is emerging at this
09:30 AM, Jun 21, 2012