Washington: Rejecting criticism and virtually ruling out going back on the new proposal, the Union human resources development minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said the government has no intent to impinge on the autonomy of the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs).

Defending the decision to have one nationwide common entrance test, which is being opposed by IIT Kanpur among others, Sibal said this has been taken in accordance with the IIT Act passed by Parliament.

Sibal said this is a unanimous decisions of the IIT council.

"There is no intent to impact on the IIT system autonomy ... the exam that is being contemplated is to be set by the IIT itself," Sibal told reporters here when asked to comment on the controversy back home.

"We have no desire to anyway directly or indirectly ... To protect the autonomy of IIT," Sibal said and argued that the decision of the IIT council is in tune with the international practices.

Sibal is leading a high-powered Indian delegation to co-chair the India-US education dialogue with the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

(Agencies)

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