IIT Students and Alumni started a protest against the Government, expressing their dissatisfaction on the newly proposed entrance exam for admission into IITs. Last week we had reported about the newly proposed entrance exam which will be held from 2013, resembling SAT. The decision was taken by the concerned authorities in the IIT council meeting held last week, you can view the report or summary of the meeting by visiting here.
In short IITs want to scrap IIT-JEE and conduct a SAT like entrance test to give weightage to academic marks in the selection process. Students and Alumni of IIT are concerned as to why the Government has to do away with IIT-JEE which has been in practice from decades (approx. 45 years).
Alumni believe the quality of IITs will deter if there are changes to the admission criteria. The proposal which was made by Ministry of Human Resource Development was to keep a common entrance test for all engineering colleges in the country, it was not just about scrapping IIT-JEE alone. AIEEE, BITSAT, State based entrance tests will also go for a toss.
HRD had made it clear the approval has to come from respective state governments, if they oppose the entrance test will only be made mandatory for IITs & NITs.
About the protest
Group of IITians have started a campaign on Facebook to protest the proposal of doing away with IIT-JEE. Mission of the campaign as read on the Facebook community page is as below.
“SAVE IITs….Call for global protests against Indian Goverment effort to meddle with its admission process. With Indian goverment stmt that Class 12 Marks will be counted for IIT admission, IITs quality is at serious risk. Will it be end of IITians era… so many diff boards…. Will corruption/politics play a big role, instead of aptitude/knowledge in admission to IITs – a center of technology leadership and a dream college for every Indians. Please support our peaceful movement by liking this page.”
The community page has about 6175 fans, through this platform participating IITians are calling for global protest and they did mention the current IIT students to do a mass boycott on Oct 14th, 2011.
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