“ 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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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

38 - New Official Notification Of Exam Pattern By IIT's -

Friday, March 16, 2012, 12:01 [IST]

Finally the discussions of the IIT aspirants over new exam pattern will be put to an end with IIT releasing a formal notification on new exam pattern for admissions in April this year. The IIT directors stated that the reports have been submitted after extensive discussions and a final verdict on when to implement the new exam pattern is expected to come next month. 

The IIT aspirants and the faculty members have been waiting for a long time to know when will be the new exam pattern to be introduced. At the previous year, the proposal of the T Ramaswami Committee report on Joint Entrance examination reforms was accepted by IIT council, which suggested a common entrance exam for all engineering institutes including NIT's, IIT's and other private engineering colleges. 

IIT directors revealed that because of the trend of coaching classes, students have started neglecting schools classes. Many students do not attend school classes because of the pressure of cracking competitive exams. Many industry professionals think that competitive exams such as IITJEE are creating problems at school level as students focus more on their IIT JEE preparation rather than school level as Students focus more on their IIT JEE preparation rather than school education. 

They prefer to attend coaching classes instead of school classes. As per the IIT Guwahati director nowadays school education and board exams are neglected due to pressure of cracking competitive exams. Students concentrate only on studying chemistry, biology and physics and are least interested in learning English or geography.

The HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has therefore decided to assign weightage to class 12 board exams during admission in IIT's. He also clarified that the tests will be called JEE (Joint Entrance examination) only, and the question paper will be prepared by IIT's. Class 12 Board exam scores will carry a weightage of 40%. The new reform will help IIT's to get brighter students, he added. 

Meanwhile, the IITians feel that the new admission system will hamper the quality of students and are fighting for the status quo of the IIT admission process.