These are now IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay that want to conduct their own entrance examinations from 2013 after IIT Kanpur openly revolted against ‘one-nation one-test’ proposal of Union HRD Minister of India Kapil Sibal.

All 210 members of Senate of IIT Kanpur unsatisfied with CET (Common Entrance Test) pattern as proposed by HRD Ministry, decided to conduct separate entrance examination from 2013. Now IITDAA (IIT Delhi Alumni Association) is pressurizing IIT Delhi to follow the footsteps of IIT Kanpur. A final decision is to be made in the next meeting of Senate of IIT Delhi set to held a week later.

Mathematics Department of IIT Delhi

Mathematics Department of IIT Delhi

Alumni President of IIT Delhi Somnath Bharti shared his views on the issue :

Somnath Bharti
What IIT Kanpur did is the right thing. The senates have been overruled in taking the decision. The senates need to be given more autonomy. The IITs have to compete with international engineering institutes like the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). For the students who cannot afford going to international institutions, IITs are the only option. Instead of giving more facilities to the IITs so that they can compete internationally, the government is pulling them down.

In all likelihood, IIT Delhi Senate seems to be geared up to follow the suit of IIT Kanpur Senate.


Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has declared CET (Common Entrance Test) on May 28, for admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other Central Tech-Schools. According to this new pattern of CET, 10+2 board marks were also account to be taken into consideration.

A senior member of the IIT Delhi Senate, who didn’t wanted his name to be disclosed said :

IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay and possibly other IITs also may soon follow IIT Kanpur’s example. There is a common sentiment, and most IITs are against the new pattern. This was virtually forced on the senates by the IIT council.