Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said here on Monday that the percentage of marks in Class XII exams under the revised criteria for appearing in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance test will be decided by a committee of IIT Directors. The three-member curriculum committee would submit its report by January next year.

Another five-member committee has been set up, under the chairmanship of Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, that will suggest reforms to make these elite institutions global brands.

“We need to bring research to the forefront and prepare the institutions for the future,” Mr. Sibal told journalists. The committee would come out with a vision statement that would be a road map for the IITs. The IITs needed to highlight national projects and have better collaboration with the Information Technology system and Science and Technology, Mr. Sibal added. The committee would submit its report within six months.

Pointing out that IITs could not be seen as becoming financially independent and would need government support due to the nature of the responsibility, Mr. Sibal said it had also been decided to link non-plan grants with the number of students and researches.

Importantly, the IIT Directors would also be appointed through a collegium as in the case of Indian Institutes of Management and Central universities. A separate committee, chaired by an Additional Secretary, will look into the grievances of the groups B, C and D employees, the Minister said.