New Delhi: Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal's 'One Country One Test' dream seems to be running into legal hurdles. Less than a week after he announced a Joint Entrance Exam for all centrally-funded engineering colleges including the IITs, the IIT Alumni Association is up in arms and says it will drag the ministry to the court.
"If senate have given their dissent, no ministry can't go ahead legally. We are going to be moving different High Courts with a PIL seeking the court's interference to situation where the ministry without the consent of senate have decided to tinker with the entrance examination called the JEE," said IIT alumni association president Somnath Bharati.
The proposed format has invited the wrath of the entire IIT fraternity. Many fear that the autonomy of the IITs will be infringed upon. They are also against factoring in Class XII marks for admissions. The IIT Faculty Association has also sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention.
"We were looking to conduct subjective-type exam, right now what the government proposed is the multiple objective type of questions. We wanted to conduct it the way we've been doing for the five decades. We are not going to the court at the moment. We are in a dialogue with the government," said IIT Faculty Federation Secretary AK Mittal.
The decision to do away with the IIT-JEE and AIEEE and replace it with a common admission test came after two years of delibrations. It was aimed at reducing the stress on the students but instead it has clearly sparked off a debate on the issue of dilution of the brand IIT.