The issues of IIT-CET are still under discussion. In view of stiff opposition to the proposed common Entrance Test for admission in IIT's and other centrally-funded technical institutes, the government is mulling a mew formula to end this controversy.
The reports revealed on Tuesday that among the measures being considered, the government is mulling to allow screening based on class 10 results. Besides, the IIT's and other centrally-funded technical institutes may also be allowed to conduct their own advanced examination.
The development comes nearly a week after the IIT faculty federation, opposed to the proposed CET, met senior PMO officials and later the Prime Minister seeking a roll back of the decision. The AIIITFF (All India IIT Faculty Federation) also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on May 31 saying that "Each IIT is an individual and independent academic entry and should reserve its right to follow its own norms with regards to admissions and other academic matters".
The government on May 28th had it announced that fro 2013, candidates looking for IIT's and other central institutes like NIT's and IIIT's will have to undergo a new format of Common Entracne Test, which will also take the plus 2 board results into consideration.
Sibal instead had claimed that it was approved without dissent at a council consisting of the IIT's, the IIIT's and NIT's. IIT Kanpur faculty opposed the council's decision of adopting the new test format. Later in a statement, the AIIITFF demand that since the new common entrance test was decided upon without proper consultation process, each IIT should now be given choices of adapting the proposed test as it is, accept it with specific conditions or riders or reject the proposed test and have its own admission process.
However, the federation insisted that board performance should be used as cut-off only instead of giving weightage to it after the process of normalization that has been proposed under the new format. The federation also contested the two-tier format for the common test, (appearing in both main and advanced test) stating that only the main be used all institutes except the IIT's to select students.