“ 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

70 - Admission: IITs up ante against govt proposals - Hindustan Times

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 27, 2012

Students and faculties of IITs have opposed the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry’s proposal to change the format of IIT-JEE examination from 2013 and give 40% weightage to board examination marks. Sources said many IITs, including those in Kanpur, Delhi, Mumbai and Khargapur, have not supported the proposed changes in the current form.

The All India IIT Faculty Federation has sent a letter to HRD minister Kapil Sibal and its copy to the Prime Minister’s Office stating that the academic issues, including the admission standards and process, were primarily the sole responsibility of the senates.

“The views of IIT senates must form the basis for the final formulation of admission process. It is shocking that till today the views of the senates have not been invited,” the federation said.

Maintaining that the faculties were initiating discussions at the institutional platforms, including senate or general body meetings, the federation said the opinion that had emerged didn’t support the proposals.

The federation has demanded that the proposal be put on hold till the senates of IITs come up with their own views and recommendations.

The IIT Kanpur Students’ Senate, which met recently, stated that the Ramasami committee targeted certain problems in the current system, including commercialised coaching classes, rural-urban and gender disparities, negligence of school education and increased stress on students. However, it said, the report did not clearly mention how its recommendations would solve these problems.
Observing that normalisation of marks of students, belonging to more than 30 different boards, was a complex and non trivial task, the senate said the board exams lacked transparency and uniformity. It also said each institute should get freedom to decide on its own admission process.

Stating that any decision of such magnitude should involve consultation with all stake holders, the student senate said the panel report had suggested interactions with IIT faculties and students. But, it said, no interaction on the proposals had been conducted among the panel members and students and faculty of IIT Kanpur so far.