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Sibal's new JEE version rejected by IIT Kanpur.

THE backlash against the changed format of the Joint Entrance Examination ( JEE) is only getting worse.

In what could be the severest blow to human resource development ( HRD) minister Kapil Sibal's ' One Nation One Test' dream, the highest decision- making body of IIT Kanpur on Friday resolved not to participate in the JEE's new version. In fact, it decided to conduct its own entrance test in 2013.

All meetings of any of the IIT senates are chaired by the institute director. The IIT Kanpur senate meeting that lasted for two hours on Friday was chaired by Sanjay Dhande who, ironically, was also part of the IIT council that approved the changes to the JEE. " Everyone felt that JEE's new format was not good for either the future of the students or the institute.

Now, a panel will be constituted and will outline our own admission guidelines.

This decision will be communicated to the IIT council and other IIT senates," a faculty member who attended the meeting said.

According to the professors, the senates of the first five IITs -- Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur and Bombay -- which first agreed to admit students through a joint entrance test also have the power to disassociate themselves at will. M AIL T ODAY could not confirm this independently from the HRD ministry.

JEE's new format was announced on May 28. Sibal had, after chairing a joint meeting of the IIT and National Institute of Technology council, announced that from next year the JEE will be valid for all centrally funded technical institutions such as the IIITs, NITs and IISERs. And that the test will be conducted in two parts, main and advanced.

The IITs, however, were allowed to follow a different admission process, wherein the Class XII Board marks and performance in JEE's main test will only be considered for filtering the best candidates.

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Date:Jun 9, 2012
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