“ 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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Friday, March 16, 2012

37 - ISEET -'Single-test policy for engineering colleges flawed' Akshay Mukul, TNN

Times of India :: 16 September 2011

'Single-test policy for engineering colleges flawed'Akshay Mukul, TNN | Sep 16, 2011

NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: An analysis of the T Ramaswami committee report on JEE reforms, proposing a single entrance test for all engineering colleges (including IITs, NITs and private institutions) throughout the country, exposes many flaws.

This and other recommendations of the committee were accepted by the IIT Council at its meeting on Wednesday subject to the approval of the state governments and the finance ministry.

The report says weightage would be given to class 12 marks and a SAT-kind of test would be held. But the entire proposal is based on a survey of class 12 results of just four boards - CBSE, ISC, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal - though there are a total of 42. Only 2,000 people were surveyed out of which 66% were in favour of factoring in the performance in school boards and 34% were not. Out of those who were not in favour, 45% said board examinations do not assess capability and 30% feared non-uniformity. However, 85% of those surveyed supported the concept of a single entrance test.

"If there was a big enough sampling, these percentages would have increased significantly, thus, making a mockery of using class XII scores for admissions," a senior IIT functionary said. He also raised concerns about the process, especially with regard to the fairness of the testing methodology, pointing out that already there were large scale irregularities in the JEE.

When the Damodar Acharya Committee first suggested the proposal of 'normalization' of class 12 marks across boards, it was opposed by many state boards on the ground that it was not easy to do. They had also said that institutions like BITS, Pilani, and the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering had abandoned the normalization system.

In 2007, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court (Sanjay Singh vs UP PSC), while "demonstrating the anomalies/absurdities arising from scaling (normalization)", had concluded that "there are number of methods of statistical scaling (normalization), some simple and some complex. Each method or system has its merits and demerits and can be adopted only under some certain conditions or making certain assumptions."

A comparison of the Acharya Committee report on JEE reforms and the Ramasamy committee shows there is a confusion on what model is best suited. Also, it is not clear how shifting to a new system would take away the dominance of coaching centres.

The Acharya Committee had suggested a single formula of JEE that included a weighted sum of the class 12 result and an aptitude test. The Ramaswamy panel has given six options with many variations. Acharya said only the class 12 marks should be used, while Ramasamy said it could be class 12 alone or both class 10 and 12.

"The Ramasamy proposal is not a concrete proposal, it is basically exploration of all the possible options," the director of a new IIT said. He said, "With the new proposals, there would be multiple coachings, to be started much early, for class 10, 12, an advance test, and an aptitude test." He also feared that the ultimate scenario would be cut-throat competition in class 10 and 12. "Even with 100%, a student will not able to get an IIT seat of his choice," he said.



Times of India :: 16 September 2011

100%-ters find going tough in class XI
Hemali Chhapia, TNN | Sep 16, 2011

MUMBAI: Almost all of the 464 students who got 100% in the March SSC exam this year benefitted from the 25 marks awarded for achievement in sports. The Latur division stood low in the overall performance after recording a high failure rate, but it ironically also had the largest pool of those who scored 100% in March 2011. Nashik had the fewest at 12.

While the state has decided to stop awarding the additional 25 marks to class X and XII students from the next examination, the policy pumped up the scores of many. Pushy parents, ambitious kids and brand-conscious schools responded almost uniformly to this lure.

All through the last five years when the 25 marks were doled out, heads of colleges often confessed that results were no longer the real picture of the knowledge levels of the children. The true picture emerged when all aids that propped up scores-lenient marking, overlooking of grammatical and spelling errors and getting additional marks for extracurricular activities-disappeared in the higher class.

For all its academic might, Rajarshi Shahu Science College, Latur, filled an entire batch in class XI with 100 percenters last year. "We see how each of them is struggling now. Scores went up but students are feeling the pressure of maintaining those marks. We have realized the class X results are not a correct picture of the knowledge levels of students," says Anirudh Jadhav, joint secretary of the college and the architect of the popular Latur model.

Keshavraj Mahavidyalay's vice principal U Selukar derides the 25-mark gimmickry as "banavati marks". Various parts of the state also saw a sudden spurt in private sport academies that enrolled class X students to cash in on the 25-marks bonanza.

Many like Selukar acknowledge that academies had cracked the code of how to convert students into sport stars. "They sign up students for sports like fencing and tug-of-war where the competition isn't fierce and even participation in a state-level competition qualifies them for the 25 marks." Needless to say, after the class X scorecards are handed out, not a single student is seen on the field



Times of India :: Mumbai | Pune Ed.| 16 September 2011

100% scores in SSC hide real picture
Hemali Chhapia, TNN | Sep 16, 2011

Latur: Tejashree Kore scored 567 out of 550,or 103.09%.But,the Latur girl, daughter of an auto driver, feels cheated that the Maharashtra school board rudely rounded off her score to only 100%.

It is students like Tejashree who have earned their school Shri Deshikendra Vidyalayathe moniker of The 100% Scorers Factory.

It stands along a dusty street and is a typical school where students across classes learn by repeating what the teacher reads aloud. In the last two years, this campus has graduated close to 50 students who secured a perfect cent 100% in the class X board exams.

But, although the state governments largesse of an extra 25 marks for excellence in sports has boosted many academically, students like the 19 Deshikendra Vidyalaya students including Tejashree, had to be content with a hundred percent this year.

In March 2011,464 SSC students scored 100%,while some bagged a lot more, points out board chairperson, Ujjwaladevi Patil.

Almost all these students benefited from the 25 marks awarded for achievement in sports.
The Latur division stood low in the overall performance after recording a high failure rate, but it ironically also had the largest pool of those who scored 100% in March 2011.Nashik had the fewest at 12.

Division No. of Students
Latur 183
Kolhapur 72
Amravati 68
Aurngabad 59
Pune 35
Nagpur 18
Mumbai 17
Nasik 12
Total 464
Source: SSC Board
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From: Dipak Sharan 
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:23:01 -0700 (PDT)

Taking a merit decision (i.e. giving weightage) on class 12 marks / grades does not make any sense.

Given the diversity in academic standards and methodologies of various Boards and Institutions along with their normal marking and grading schemes, this makes a mockery of the entrance process.

The basic principle should be either you base your entire decision on class 12 marks and hence there is no need for any entrance exams or you base completely on the entrance exams.

Once you have taken the entrance exams no other exams can have any objective relevance.

The GRE / GMAT score does not factor in your academic marks.
Entrance exams are stand alone exams.

Many institutions like IIMs, etc follow the erroneous practice of giving weightage to class 10, 12, graduation marks, etc.
This is only devaluing your own entrance exams and making them meaningless.

But then taking our current system to innovative and original  and result oriented state is way beyond the bureaucratic thinking processes so prevalent in our country - so we always look for precedent if not in India then "Phoren countries" - especially the west.

Deepak Sharan