“ 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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Friday, April 13, 2012

109- IITJEE 2013: Faculty feel exam is being forced - Indian Colleges.com

Editorial Team, 12, April

Faculty members from the Indian Institutes of Technology have refused to accept IIT directors’ decision to conduct a single entrance test for engineering.

The response from the faculty may mean that the entrance test replacing IITJEE may not take place in 2013.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal and senior officials from the HRD Ministry had met with IIT directors, chairpersons and the All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIFF) on April 11 to discuss details for the common exam.

This was the first time that the parties had met after the IITs stated that they were not confident with the new system as there had not been time for discussion or review.

Faculty from the IITs felt the new exam could make it easier for weaker students to gain entry to the IITs. They also feel that giving 40 percentage weightage to Class 12 exams is unfair as different boards have different standards.

Reports quoted AIIFF members as describing the meeting between Sibal and the IITs as being “fruitful”, but further discussions needed to take place.