“ 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

31 - Hat trick for Bihar's Super 30, all students crack IIT - TOI

Hat trick for Bihar's Super 30, all students crack IIT
IANS, May 26, 2010, 04.44pm IST

PATNA: All 30 students of Super 30, a free coaching centre in Bihar,

have cracked the highly competitive Indian Institute of

Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for the third

consecutive year, the institute announced on Wednesday.

"We are really upbeat and celebrating the 100 percent success for the

third consecutive year as all 30 students have cracked the IIT-JEE

this year," Anand Kumar, the institute's director-cum-founder, told


Super 30 that helps the economically backward students crack the

IIT-JEE has been selected by The Time Magazine in the list of The Best

of Asia 2010.

The magazine, in its latest issue, said that every year, about 230,000

students take the exam for a seat in the IITs but only 5,000 grab it.

"Last year, 30 of them came from one coaching centre in Patna, capital

of the impoverished north Indian state of Bihar. That may not seem

like many, but for the Super 30 centre it's a pass rate of 100

percent," it said.

Mohammad Sadab Azam, a student of Super 30, said: "Thanks to Super 30,

I cracked the IIT-JEE. Everyone is in a celebratory mood. We are


Azam, whose father works as a labourer in a village in Gaya district,

said that he had never dreamt of cracking the prestigious exam.

"It was all because of Super 30," he said.

Anup Kumar, another Super 30 student, said the facilities and

encouragement from the faculty made it possible for him to crack the

tough exam.

The institute selects talented students from poor families and

provides them with free coaching, food and accommodation.

According to Anand, "Hard work, proper guidance and supervision are

the secrets of our success.” "We were sure that the results would be

positive as we teach them to eat, sleep, walk and talk only IIT," he


In 2003, the first year of the institute, 18 students made it to the

IITs. The number rose to 22 in 2004 and to 26 in 2005. In 2007 and

2006, 28 students made it through ITT-JEE. In 2008, for the first time

30 students cracked the IIT-JEE followed by 2009.

Anand said the institute is supported by the income generated from his

Ramanujam School of Mathematics, which has students who can afford to

pay fees.

The Super 30 was started by Anand along with Bihar's Additional

Director General of Police Abhyanand. But two years ago Abhyanand

dissociated himself from the institute.

The success story of Super 30 was telecast by the Discovery Channel last year.

"Super 30 is an amazing initiative and it needs to be taken to maximum

people around the globe," said Christopher Mitchell, whose film for

Discovery also bagged the Audience Choice Award at the sixth Indian

Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Three years ago, Norika Fujiwara, a former Japanese beauty queen and

actress, made a documentary film on Super 30 for its innovative and

successful attempt to send poor children to India's top engineering



The following is excerpted from "The New Asian Hemisphere: The

Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, By Kishore Mahbubani,

PublicAffairs, New York, 2008, PP 12-13, .69-70

A vivid illustration of how India is introducing more untapped

brainpower into the global economy is provided by a new school in

Bihar, one of India’s most backward and feudal states. Today a small

group of desparately poor, talented students are entering the IITs,

thanks to Ramanujan School of Mathematics. The school, named after the

famous Indian mathematician, trains thirty bright students,

meticulously selected from Bihar’s least privileged communities, to

take the IIT entrance exam. In the first year (2004), sixteen of the

group made it into the IITs; the next year, twenty-two made it; in

2006, all thirty (known as the “Super 30”) made it into the IITs.

Santosh Kumar, one of 2006’s Super 30, comes from Dumari, a village

whose three thousand residents scratch out meager livings as farmers.

“I didn’t even know which subjects I was good at, and I’d certainly

never heard of IIT. No one had,” he says. Then an eighth grade

teacher noticed his mathematical talent and encouraged him to study

further. Santosh saw that “education was the only way out of poverty,”

he explains. After high school, he enrolled in the Patna College of

Commerce, and then heard about the IITs and the Super 30. He applied

to and was accepted by the Ramanujan School of Mathematics and later

earned a coveted seat at the IIT in Kharagpur. (He ranked 3,537 out of

the 5,000 students chosen.) Santosh now aims to earn a doctorate in

chemistry and become an inventor. His hero is Abdul Kalam. (PP.