“ 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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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

67 - Now, JEE with Class 12 count faces ‘feasibility glare’ - Daily Pioneer


The proposal of new single Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) being proposed for admission to IITs, IIITs, NITs, IISER and State Government-run engineering colleges with weightage on Class 12 marks has raised questions on its ultimate feasibility.

According to sources, combining 12th standard marks in the selection merit may bring the same 100 per cent cut-off fiasco as recently witnessed by DU, as there are many boards, which will start inflating their marks, in such a way so as to neutralise the normalisation impact.

Talking on condition of anonymity, the experts expressed reservations on normalisation. They pointed out T Ramasami committee, which is working on new single JEE, chose to ignore that with liberal policy of awarding marks in many State boards, there are many hundreds of candidates with scores 100 per cent or above 100 per cent — some of these even award bonus marks to students, eg, for sports activity (Maharashtra State) enabling students to score above 100 per cent. Similar is the case with other boards too as Odisha.

Further, when the Board becomes aware of the normalisation formula, it is likely to start awarding inflated marks in such a way to take advantage of the prescribed normalisation formula, felt the sources.

“This had occurred in the past for whomsoever who used the normalisation”, the sources said, reminding that most bodies (eg, UPSC, BITS, IIT’s GATE), which earlier used normalisation of marks for their selections/admissions, have already done away with such concepts.

According to them, if such a situation is allowed, it may ultimately lead to cut-throat competition in Class X and XII as observed in DU, with cutoffs going to 100 per cent. Even with 100 per cent, a student will not able to get an IIT seat of his choice, feared the sources.

Ramasamy chose to ignore the major conclusions drawn by the statistical experts that “subject scores do not appear to be comparable, the question of combining them for comparability of aggregate scores across the boards does not arise,” the sources pointed out.

The above was concluded with statistical analysis of XII standard marks of various boards that there existed poor correlation among the marks scored across the boards. A natural inference of the statistical analysis is that the marks, scored across the boards, cannot be compared, thereby naturally discarding use of the normalised ranks.

The above important statistical analysis of the ISI expert report had not been included in Ramasamy’s presentation. They further argued it would further enhance the importance of the coaching institutes.

“These institutes are elated with the proposal of weightage to 12th standard marks indicating that the students would be compelled to get enrolled for full two-year course instead of the evening or weekend classes.