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Autonomy of IITs will remain intact: PM to Federation

Last updated on: June 15, 2012 17:20 IST

Autonomy of IITs will remain intact: PM to Federation

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All India IIT Faculty Federation secretary AK Mittal made the announcement after meeting prime minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the new common engineering entrance examination.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today gave an assurance that the autonomy of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) will remain "intact", the IIT faculty federation, opposing the proposed common entrance to these institutes, said after meeting him.

"We explained each of our points to him (PM). He has told us that he will talk to HRD minister and assured that the autonomy of the IITs will remain intact," secretary of All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF) A K Mittal told reporters after the federation met Singh.

The federation has contended that the common entrance test for admission to the undergraduate programme to the IITs and other centrally-funded institutes will undermine the autonomous status enjoyed by the IITs.

The meeting came in the backdrop of HRD Minister Kapil Sibal cutting short his US visit and returning to India late last night.

During the meeting, the federation raised the issue of autonomy and said the decision taken by the IIT council about holding the one-nation-one-examination should be ratified by all the IIT senates.

"We also insisted that any change in the entrance test should be effected only after 2013," Mittal said.

The federation also raised the issue of giving weightage to board marks after the process of normalisation for preparing the merit list, saying "normalisation of board marks needs more studies".

Mittal felt all the IITs are free to emulate IIT Kanpur's move to hold its own entrance test following the government's decision to hold the nation-wide common entrance test under a new format.

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