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The period of disagreement over a common entrance test for admission to undergraduate engineering courses in the Indian Institute of Technology has come to an end as the IIT Council on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, gave a green signal to the newly-introduced formula for admission. The new formula requires that only the students in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their boards be allowed to appear for the Advanced tests. Therefore, the very formula requires that students clear the Joint Entrance Examination(JEE)-main with a score high enough to make them qualify for the advanced examination. But, among the students appearing for the advanced tests, only those who satisfy the 20-percentile rule will be admitted to the IITs.
The IIT-Council that took such a striking decision and approved the recommendations of Joint Admission Board(JAB) of IITs included M. M. Sharma, Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT-Madras and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council. It was noticed that Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal was not a part of the meeting as he wanted to allow freedom to the Council to decide on their own.
The story doesn’t end here as the IIT-Delhi Alumni Association has still not approved of the new formula for admissions and has said that it would meet on Thursday to discuss the same.
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After the meeting, M. M. Sharma addressed the reporters and informed them that the JEE main test would be held followed by the JEE advanced test and only the students qualifying all the conditions imposed would be able to appear for the advanced test. He added that the new formula would be effective from 2013 and admissions to the IITs would be based only on the category-wise All India rank in the JEE advanced test. The JEE advanced examination will have an exclusive JAB and a Joint Implementation Committee, which would coordinate with the team responsible for conducting the JEE-main.
Prof. Sharma said “The Council has advised the JAB to constitute a group for coordination with the Council of Boards of School Education(COBSE) so as to educate the students and public about the percentile-versus-percentage approach being adopted by the Council. The JAB will submit its report within the next four months.”
After the meeting had taken a firm decision, Mr. Sibal was happy and remarked that there was still a lot to be done to curtail the heavy dependence on coaching institutes, to reduce the multiplicity of examinations, and to eliminate the capitation fee. He concluded by saying that the above was a step in the right direction and he wished to achieve all the objectives in a short interval.