Thursday, June 14, 2012

HRD Minister's two key plans run into roadblock

Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal appears to have hit a rough patch with two key plans - introduction of the common test for IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and the implementation of the minority sub-quota in central educational institutions - running into opposition.

The minister is currently in Washington for the Indo-US Higher Education Dialogue even as the All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF), which is on the warpath over the Centre's 'one-nation one-test' proposal, is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday. "PMO's has responded to our request. We will meet PMO officials tomorrow (Thursday) and PM on Friday," a top official of AIIITFF said.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of Sibal virtually ruling out going back on the Centre's new proposal. Opposing the Centre's new format, the AIIITFF had written to the PM on May 31, saying that "each IIT is an individual and independent academic entity and should reserve its right to follow its own norms with regards to admissions and other academic matter".

Seeking the PM's intervention, AIIITFF had said that the IIT system should be preserved not only as per the provisions of the acts but beyond. Sibal, who is currently on a visit to the US, has said that the government has no intent to impinge on the autonomy of the IITs.

The ministry also suffered a setback on Wednesday after the Supreme Court refused to stay the Andhra high court order to carve out a 4.5% sub-quota from the 27% OBC reservation pie. The high court order led to confusion and concerns for the 325 students already shortlisted under the minority sub-quota. After instructions from the government and IITs, students were asked to widen their choice of courses.

Source: The Times of India, June 14, 2012
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