In today’s meeting with PMO officials, All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF) opposed the newly proposed common entrance test for admission to IITs. As we reported that, faculty and alumni representatives sought a meeting with prime minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh, to request him to interfere in the matter and resolve the issues. On 31st May 2012, the faculty members cited Articles 28 (a) and 29 (1) of the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 which states that as far as the decision on admission standards is concerned, the IIT senate’s word would be considered supreme. However HRD ministry continue to maintain the stance that they are not violating the IIT Act 1961 by changing the admission procedure in IITs.
As mentioned in a news article IBNLIVE, secretary of All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF) A K Mittal said after meeting PM’s advisor TKA Nair that “We are encouraged with the meeting and are hopeful of a positive outcome”. On 28th May, HRD announced that a Joint Entrance Examination for admission to the undergraduate programmes in engineering would be conducted in two parts, JEE-MAIN and JEE-ADVANCED. As per the proposal, this test will be used for admission to IITs, IIITs, NITs, and other centrally funded institutes in India.