Kanpur: Rejecting HRD Minister Kapil Sibal's 'one-nation one-test' proposal, IIT-Kanpur on Friday decided to conduct its own entrance exam from next year. This decision was taken at a meeting of the institute's 210-member senate. Terming it as a very important development, IIT Delhi alumni president Somnath Bharti said "other senates are likely to follow the suit".

The Senate of IIT Kanpur said that the recent IIT Council proposal on admissions to IITs is "academically and methodically unsound and in violation of the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) and IIT Kanpur Ordinances (Ordinance 3.2 (Admissions)"

"....the Senate resolves that IIT Kanpur will conduct the entrance examination for admissions to its undergraduate programmes in 2013," it said.

The decision came days after government rejected criticism of the decision to have a common IIT-JEE examination from next year. Sibal had claimed that it was approved without dissent at the IIT Council meeting and had the backing of the senates of four of the seven Indian Institutes of Technology. He had maintained that he had categorically stated at the IIT council meeting that if "there is a single dissent" he will not go ahead with the proposal.

"The council consists of the IITs, the IIITs and the NITs. There was not a single dissent. It was unanimously adopted. Therefore, I went forward," the Minister had said.

Last month, Sibal had announced that from 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under new a format of common entrance test which will also take plus two board results into consideration.

IIT Kanpur will conduct its own entrance test from 2013. This was decided at a meeting of the institute's 210-member senate on Friday.

Text of IIT Kanpur's resolution over conducting its own entrance test from 2013:

The Senate of IIT Kanpur resolves that:

1) a. The recent IIT Council proposal on admissions to IITs is academically and methodically unsound and in violation of the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) and IIT Kanpur Ordinances (Ordinance 3.2 (Admissions)).

b. In view of the Senate resolution adopted in its 2011-12/9th meeting held on April 10, 2012, invoking Ordinance 3.2 the Senate resolves that IIT Kanpur will conduct the entrance examination for admissions to its undergraduate programmes in 2013.

c. Given the present exigency, the Senate authorizes the Chairman Senate to constitute a Committee with the help of DOAA for conducting JEE 2013 by IIT Kanpur.

d. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee will organize the entrance examination and counselling, and deal with all other matters pertaining to the undergraduate admissions in 2013.

e. To the extent possible, the committee will coordinate with other IITs to conduct the entrance examination jointly.

2) In order that the views of the IIT Kanpur Senate on the issue of undergraduate admissions are represented in the public domain adequately and accurately, the Senate authorizes the following senators as its spokespersons till further order: Profs. Y. N .Mohapatra, Harish Karnick, Somenath Biswas, H. C. Verma, A. K. Chaturvedi, C. S. Upadhyay and Deepak Gupta.

3) IITK Senate reiterates the stand it took as represented by its Chairman in the May 12, 2012 meeting of the IIT council. Consequently the Senate resolves to record its forceful dissent of the Council resolution related to JEE. This dissent may be recorded by a letter to the Chairman, IIT Council and Chairman, BOG from the Chairman Senate.

(JPN)

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