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IIT-Bombay polls against 2-tier exam system

Posted on: July 27, 2012

Source: Times of India

Of the 1,800 respondents from among the alumni, students and faculty members of IIT-Bombay, around 78% of respondents voted against a two-tier exam system in place of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). The poll conducted by the IIT-B Alumni Association (IITBAA) has revealed that most of them were against the proposed JEE reforms structure. The pattern of voting did not change even after the compromise formula was reached at in the IIT-Council meeting on June 27.

Among the five questions framed before the compromise formula was arrived at, were on the threat to autonomy, process followed by the ministry of human resource development on whether IIT-B should have its own tests and whether the reforms will dilute the brand value. While 78% of the overall respondents did not support the two-tier exam system, around 85% of students, 70% of the alumni, and 49% of the faculty members were against it. For admissions to IITs, students will have to appear for two tests-JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. As per the compromise formula, only 1.5 lakh students from the JEE-Main exam will be shortlisted for the JEE-Advanced and the shortlisted ones on the basis of performance in the advanced must be among the top 20 percentile from all the boards.

“We kept the poll open for a week after the compromise formula too and since this was at the fag end of the survey, the entries were less than 100. Only five of these were in support of it, proving that the negative opinion did not even change after the IIT-Council meet on June 27,” said Damayanti Bhattacharya, the chief operating officer of the IITBAA. The survey was presented in the IIT-B senate on Wednesday.

Around 93% of the respondents felt that the move would undermine the autonomy of IITs. As many as 50% of the respondents had a problem with both the solutions proposed and with the process followed in getting there (undermining the senate, IIT Act and statutes). Around 78% felt that IIT-B should conduct their own test. Close to 89% of the ones polled felt that scrapping the current JEE-format will dilute the brand value of the IITs.

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