IITs to go ahead with new JEE scheme from 2006

New Delhi, Nov 22 | Updated: Nov 23 2005, 05:50am hrs
IIT Kharagpur director Shishir K Dube said that the joint admission board (JAB) in its meeting on September 17 in Kolkata decided to implement the new joint entrance exam (JEE) scheme with effect from next year. In an e-mail interview he said, All IIT directors and the directors of BHU and ISM Dhanbad are members of JAB and all the members agree to the new scheme.

Mr Dube said he was unaware that IIT aspirant Shashank Mohan has filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the revised criterion for admission to the IITs for the next academic session.

This year, IIT Kharagpur is the nodal organisation for setting and implementing the JEE.

Mr Dube added: It will help students to decide for better options if they fail to qualify in two attempts rather than taking more chances and getting frustrated in majority of the cases. Insisting 60% at 10+2 level will not only provide IIT students with sound knowledge of science and mathematics but will also reduce students dependence on JEE coaching colleges as they will devote more time to their school classes. Some of the leading school principals and parents they appreciated it.

While insisting that there was no governmental interference in JEE matters, Mr Dube said: We definitely need more institutions like IIT because of growing demand for students and need of quality manpower in India. Therefore, we have in my view three options: first, to increase the intake of students in all the present IITs; second, start new IITs and third, upgrade some of the existing potential institutions to the level of IITs. I am sure due care will be taken before naming any other institution as IIT.

Meanwhile, over reservation for Muslims, he said, IITs are fully government-funded institutions and I consider it their responsibility to implement the policies of the government from time to time.

In terms of autonomy, former IIT Chennai director, P V Inderesan said: The IIT Act gives the IITs considerable autonomy. It has a very decentralised way of functioning. Excellence is maintained as in the IITs, one out of 60 students are taken in, unlike the American universities such as MIT and Standard where one of 10 make it.