The minister said, “A lot of thought has gone into it and I think it is in the larger interest of the student community in order to save them a lot of inconvenience. It would be unfair for me to question the good work done so far... We stand to implement it from 2013 onwards”, during his meeting with the IIT Delhi Alumni Association. The Alumni body had been vocal in its opposition of the newly proposed system right from the beginning.
He added, “We stand committed to meeting the deadline which is March 2013. We will work with states towards meeting the shortfall, we have to hold the hands of the states, we will have to guide them, coax them, threaten them, and I think we have to work... Eventually we have to meet the objectives of ensuring that education is given to all our kids and all states are committed to that objective.”