“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

21 - Majority Of States Give In A Nod For Common Test - One India

Majority Of States Give In A Nod For Common Test

Friday, February 24, 2012, 12:15 [IST

The Government's ambitious plan of holding a Single National Examination for admission to undergraduate engineering programme from 2013 inched closer to fruition today with a majority of the states giving “In Principle” approval to it.

Tamil Nadu expressed its opposition to the common test even as Himachal Pradesh, Odjsha, Puducherry and West Bengal sought more time to study the proposal in details. At the end of a day-long state education minister's meet here, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the Common Test will be admission to Central Engineering Institutes like IIT's begin with, and expressed hope states will also adopt it in coming years for admission to their engineering institutes.

He also said 11 boards at the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) meeting last week have “unanimously” supported the move. Four states listed as Delhi, Haryana, Uttarkhand and Chandigarh have already accepted CBSE conducted AIEEE scores for admission to their institutions.

Sibal said “The unanimous decision of the state education ministers today in passing the resolution was that we agreed in principle that there should be one test in 2013 for all students who want to seek admission to Central Engineering Institutions”.

The common merit list will be prepared based on 60% weightage to the common test and not less than 40% to class 12 Examination after normalizing scores of the state boards on the basis of percentiles formula prepared by Indian Statistical Institute.

Kapil said, the common examination will be conducted two to three times a year to enable students pick the best scores achieved for admission and the scores will remain valid or two years.