“ 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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Sunday, March 11, 2012

4 - Sibal's new entrance exam plan draws flak from IITians

Sibal's new entrance exam plan draws flak from IITians - Rediff

Last updated on: February 16, 2012 11:12 IST

Divya Nair

On February 14, students from IIT-Delhi, Patna and Roorkee expressed dissent for HRD ministry's latest announcement to scrap JEE and AIEEE for ISEET since 2013.

On February 14, while the world was busy celebrating the day of love, IITians all over the country had united to celebrate dissent.

These students are unhappy over the Human Resource Development ministry's latest announcement to scrap the Joint Entrance Exam and the All India Engineering Entrance exam, and replace it with the brand new ISEET or the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test -- a new national level exam that will test class 12 students for their aptitude for science and engineering 2013 onwards.

According to this new arrangement ISEET and board exam scores will now decide the fate of aspirants who want to join the famed Indian Institutes of Technology as well as other reputed technical institutes in India.

With the ISEET, the HRD ministry aims to scrap the purpose of multiple exams held by various science and engineering institutions in the country with a common aptitude test thus reducing the pressure on lakhs of students who prepare for these tests every year.

However, IITians across the country haven't taken the new decision too well and pointed loopholes in the system.
IITians chose to voice their discontent by organising press conferences and filing petitions to express their concerns to their respective institutes.

While students from IIT-Delhi organised a press conference on February 14, 2012, students of IIT-Roorkee filed a petition against the abolition of JEE and IITians from Patna displayed placards like 'Save IIT, Save JEE'.

Confirming the news to Rediff.com, a student of IIT-Roorkee says, "We have already filed a petition. The petition has been handed over to the director of IIT Roorkee signed by more than 1,500 IITians against abolition of JEE and inclusion of 40 per cent weightage of class 12 marks."

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