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June 9th, 2012
IIT Madras getting updated with industry..

Chennai: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has decided to take up the common entrance test (CET) for engineering courses in central institutions, supporting the HRD ministry’s stand, though IIT Kanpur and Delhi have opposed the CET. “Nobody here (IIT Madras) is agitated. We had proposed 40 per cent weightage for Class XII board exam marks and 60 pert cent for the CET but the council made a minor change to make it 50:50. We will use a combination of board exam marks and entrance exam marks to gate a student,” said the IITM director Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi

After a discussion meet with Automation Industry Association (AIA) he told that “Industry has also moved a lot in the last 10 years because of globalisation and competition and we have had a large number of young faculty joining us that time. So I wanted to create an opportunity for the faculty to spend time and work together to know what can be done for both sides,” he said. Prof. Ramamurthi also pointed out that several faculty and industry experts had started to work on either sides. “We also need to know the latest in the industry to enhance our curriculum, besides strengthening our ties with the industry”, he added.