HRD Minister Skips IIT Council Meet While IITs Retain Hold on JEE

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The human resource development ministry and IIT Council Wednesday arrived at a consensus over the entrance exam pattern for admission to the prestigious engineering institutes with an agreement on a new entrance test formula. HRD Ministry had floated a formula in IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) meet held on Saturday. The formula was to have a gap in two tests JEE Main and JEE Advanced so that only top 1,50,000 of the students from JEE Main may make it to JEE Advanced. The formula had also proposed to only consider JEE Advanced score for admission to IITs with a proviso that the students must be withing 20 percentile drawn on Boards’ scores.

HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, who chairs the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Council, did not turn up for the meeting Thursday afternoon, informed sources said. The meeting was convened by him to discuss the proposed common entrance test after opposition from some of the premier engineering institutions.

The reason for the conspicuous absence of HRD Minister in the meeting is attributed to avoid any political interference in the decision, official sources said. The new format shall come into effect from 2013. The next meeting will be held on July 4 for drawing the structure of the exams, the official source said.

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