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IIT- Delhi joins the rebellion going one step ahead.

IIT- DELHI followed in the footsteps of its counterpart in Kanpur on Thursday as it rejected the new format of the Joint Entrance Examination ( JEE) announced on May 28.

The institute has also resolved to conduct its own entrance test, similar to the present JEE format, next year.

The senate, which is the highest decision- making body of the institution, also resolved to reach out to the other IITs and coordinate the conduct of the separate entrance test with them as well.

" There wasn't a single dissent on this resolution.

The senators felt that changing something right now is going to seriously affect the candidates who appeared for the Board exam this year and will take the JEE in 2013," M. Balakrishnan, deputy director ( faculty) at IIT- Delhi, who was present during the meeting of the Senate, said.

While the HRD ministry was mum on the new development, renowned nuclear scientist and IIT Council member Anil Kakodkar called the IIT- Delhi senate's decision unfortunate.

" Such an extreme position ( taken by IIT- Delhi Senate) is unfortunate. The discussion in the ( IIT) Council was comprehensive and the proposed formula allows the IITs to retain their exclusivity as they have complete academic control ( setting of paper and evaluation) of the advance test. We respect the autonomy of the institutions, but the IITs also have to serve national good and lead by example," he said.

The new format of JEE has the approval of the IIT Council and was agreed upon at the joint meeting of the Councils of IIT, IIITs and NITs on May 28. The decision was subsequently announced by Union HRD minister Kapi Sibal.

According to the new format, the JEE will be conducted in two parts -- main test and an advance test.

The IITs were allowed to follow a different admission process where in the Class XII Board marks and the performance in the JEE- main test will only be considered for filtering the best candidates. The IITs will then check the JEEadvance papers of the top 50,000 aspirants that qualify on the basis of the screening process.

The senate of IIT- Kanpur was the first to reject this format on June 8.

Kanpur set the precedent of announcing its own entrance test HRD ministry is mum on the development HRD minister Sibal

and IIT- Delhi followed suit calling it " academically unsound and procedurally untenable". At the Delhi meeting, however, the opposition did not only come from the faculty. The views of the IIT- Delhi students was also presented, which was overwhelmingly ( 93 per cent of the 921 students surveyed) against the new system.

This development comes a day after Sibal said in an interview to a television channel that there is no going back on the decision to introduce the new JEE in 2013. He, however, has also said that he is willing to listen to any other suggestion that the IIT Council is willing to make as long as the proposal gives weightage to Board marks and gives a better opportunity to especially rural students to compete for admission to the IITs.

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Date:Jun 22, 2012
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