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For the past few days we have been reading the students’ and IIT alumnus’s reactions to the new JEE pattern. I have been wondering what is the true story behind it? I really wanted to know how it all happened. Decisions like this do not happen out of thin air! And Today I came across the blog of Mr Dheeraj Sanghi, who is a professor at IIT Kanpur. What great luck!
With his permission, I am quoting a few points verbatim
We had a meeting with the Minister in April. He asked all the seven Senates (of the older IITs) to give suggestions on JEE 2013 and beyond. He suggested a methodology for incorporating their views into the final decision. He said that once all the Senates have given their views, there will be an IIT Council meeting which will come up with a proposal that is based on the feedback given by the seven Senates. This proposal was to be shared with all IITs. This was to be discussed in a second meeting of IIT Council. For this second meeting, each Senate was to nominate 2 persons each who would be invited to this IIT Council meeting. In addition two persons from All India IIT Faculty Federation were to be invited as well. The second IIT Council meeting was to discuss the proposal in presence of these 16 faculty members, and differences were to be ironed out with the help of these 16 faculty members.
So in all technicality, the IIT Council was supposed to present their opinions in a very democratic way. The future of over 5 Lakh students was to be discussed and a decision was to be taken after calm, level headed opinions were heard from experienced people.
But this was only a false attempt at pacifying the Council it seems. As what happened next, was this : The Senate had decided that the new pattern should be implemented not before 2014. Even the year 2014 was debatable as there are many students who would be appearing for the second attempt of JEE after giving Board exams this year, and these students would have prepared for a different pattern for one year. But this decision was also acceptable as it was felt necessary to test various assumptions that the new system makes. But shockingly, in the first meeting itself, this proposal was rejected. It was informally told that 2014 being the election year, no major changes could be made in that year! Also, they had promised to hear representatives from Senates, but there was no invitation to Senates to send two representatives to the next meeting.
I really appreciate the way Mr Sanghi has sent across a very subtle message
I am sure a lot of persons pushing their agenda are congratulating themselves on their smart moves and strategies, and they would have stories to tell their grand children, how they made fool of more than 1000 IIT faculty members. I have only this to say to them: It is possible to win by cheating. That is what you have proven. A system created by cheating, cannot but allow cheating. Come 2013 admission time, a lot of hard working, intelligent, honest students of this country will find out, it is possible to win by cheating.
Thank you Mr. Sanghi!
You can read the original post at his blog Musings of Dheeraj Sanghi :