“ 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 27, 2012

61 - Babus ruined education, says IIT-M former head - Deccan Chronicle

Higher education in India remained underdeveloped because the government had been leaving various regulatory bodies in the hands of ‘floating’ bureaucrats rather than having committed educationists to run them, former IIT-M director P.V. Indiresan said.

Taking part in a debate at the first national convention on India higher education organised by Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) at New Delhi recently, Prof. P.V. Indiresan, said that power and money alone couldn’t ensure quality in education.

He said there should be a system without the regulation or existence of regulatory bodies like University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
“We need complete autonomy and universities or colleges should be able to decide on subjects like student’s admission, fee structure and faculty recruitment. What does a ‘babu’ know about education,” he questioned.
“We should have an objective system and institutes must be given full autonomy,” Prof. Indiresan added.

Dr. G. Viswanathan, EPSI president and chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology stressed on the importance of bridging the gap between government and private educational institutions.

He reiterated India being one of the largest higher education system in the world with 600 universities and 32,000 colleges cannot continue to follow the old schooling system. At present none of our universities have secured a spot in top 300 universities in the world. India needs reform in policies along with accessibility and knowledge sharing,” he said.

Inaugurated the two-day meeting, union minister of state for HRD E. Ahmed, emphasised the importance of private players and urged them to invest in the higher education sector to meet the augmenting demand of quality education.

He said, “The government is open to engage all private players in constructive and inclusive reform process. Academicians and policy makers must discuss the pending bills in order to make the reform process more viable for private sector players. We need a number of new universities and colleges to accommodate to the demand in higher education in next 10 years and a huge investment will be needed which government alone can’t make,” he said.