“ 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

25 - New IIT Students In A Dilemma To Acquire Degrees - One India

New IIT Students In A Dilemma To Acquire Degrees

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 11:33 [IST]

Most of the students joined the new IIT's (Indian Institutes of Technology) all pertaining with their eyes wide open hoping for a very bright future. The same students are now in a major dilemma since they may not acquire their IIT Degrees this year.

The first B.Tech batch of the new IIT's will graduating this year may need to wait for a long time for their degrees since the new IIT's have still not been approved by the Parliament. The bill for incorporating new IIT's was passed in the Lok Sabha. However, the bill has still not been cleared in Rajya Sabha. IIT's are also unable to fix a convocation date due to this uncertainty. Mostly the IIT's hold their convocation in the month of August.

One of the new IIT directors claimed that since it takes substantial amount of time to plan a convocation, which meets standards of IIT's; it would be helpful if Parliament acted quickly on the same. The first batch of IIT-Hyderabad 30 M.Tech students graduated in 2011. However, students have still not received their degrees. Sources from IIT-Hyderabad reveal students have been offered provisional degrees for the time being.

Nearly, 160 students will be graduating from IIT Hyderabad this year. The institute is hoping that Rajya Sabha clears the bill as soon as possible. In all, almost 600 UG and PG students will be graduating from the new IIT's this year. But still, for the suture of the students it's about time that Rajya Sabha passes the bill.
Alumni Comments:

Ram Krishnaswamy  wrote:
Only in India such things can happen. Not at all surprised
From: akshat shankar 
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:23:57 +0530
And still some of the IITians feel that the IIT brand is not diluting!
From: Purnima Gupta - IITR 
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 02:41:22 -0400 (EDT)

If at all IIT brand is diluting, it is not because of additions of new IITs, but because the education standards are slipping through; because the country as a whole is slipping through; because the value of rupee is slipping through.
From: akshat shankar 
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:46:36 +0530

Education standards in India were never great...
Before 1991 our country was not even a developing country...
Still IITs were doing great...

And now when there is a news report that students of 'IIT' have graduated without that 'IIT' being officially formed...we still are unable to find fault with the policies of this government. Just see the pictures of the present campuses of some of the new IITs, and you would be appalled. 

Arjun Singh and Kapil Sibal have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.

From: Ravikumar Bhaskaran IITKgp 
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 01:29:29 -0700 (PDT)

 "Education standards in India were never great"!! is too sweeping a statement but is fortunately being contradicted by the words "Still IITs were doing Great" even "before 1991 when our country was not even a developing country"

Regarding the delay in getting the new IITs included in the IIT Act, I suppose once the Lok Sabha has approved the bill it is only a matter of time before the same becomes an Act. The delay is primarily because of the stalling of parliament proceedings and it may not be fair to blame the Government. There is possibly a similar delay in the passage of the NIT Act in the Rajya Sabha as well. Let us hope that the same gets passed in the Rajya Sabha in the next few weeks and that the students get their regular degrees around the same time as the students of the older IITs.

And what is wrong with the new IITs? I thought that some of them are shaping very well. Indeed, in my view the IIT brand will get further strengthened by the new IITs or shall I say the new generation of IITs!!