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Sibal retracts
Published on 21 Oct. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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Retracting from his stand about raising the cut-off percentage for appearing in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) entrance exam, union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal Tuesday said that scoring high would not be a prerequisite. “Any reports indicating that students would need to score above 80 percent for appearing in the joint entrance exams are baseless,” Sibal told reporters. Sibal had Monday stressed that the IIT admission procedures “should give more weightage to Class 12 exam marks,” as well as consider raising the existing eligibility from 60 percent to 80 to 85 percent for students to appear in the IIT Joint Entrance Examination. “The present criteria are that students need to secure 60 per cent at class XII for appearing in IIT-JEE. This is not acceptable. The minimum marks required for IIT-JEE could be raised up to 80 to 85 percent,” Sibal told reporters. At the same time he added that the decision about the required percentage will be taken by the committee. The minister made the comments while chairing a meeting of the IIT Council here. The minister Tuesday said reports of an HRD ministry proposal for a new system under which only high-scoring Class 12 students will be allowed to sit for the entrance exams to professional courses were baseless because only the IITs can decide admission criteria. At the IIT Council meeting, the minister said he also wanted to get rid of professional coaching for medical and engineering exams.

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