“ 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

108 - IITs Veto common entrance for Engineering Colleges- The Tribune

Tribune :: 12 April 2012 

IITs veto common entrance for engineering colleges 

Say new test being thrust upon it, want more time for discussion 

Aditi Tondon | Tribune News Service | New Delhi | April 11, 2012 

The Proposed Test 

§ The common engineering test will give weightage to Class XII exams in admission to colleges 

§ It says school board weightage can't be less than 40% and can go up to 100%. Weightages not exceeding 60% would be given to the performance of students in two components of the engineering test - Main and Advance 

§ This would end the IIT monopoly over JEE and spell doom for the coaching industry that often hires top IIT faculty 

§ The IIT Council and NIT Council had in-principle approved the single test. By law, the IIT Council's decision is final and binding 

The proposal to introduce a common all-India engineering test for entry to all Centrally-Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) from 2013 today suffered a setback with the IIT faculty vetoing the move and insisting that any changes to the examination system be put on hold till proper discussions were held. 

At a meeting convened by Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal today to iron out differences with the IIT faculty over the proposed exam that seeks to give weightage to school boards at the time of entry to technical institutes, the All India IIT Faculty Federation let its reservations known. 

In a resolution submitted at the meeting, the Federation said, “We note with grave concern that a new test for admission to IITs is being thrust upon us without allowing enough time for discussions and critical review and acceptance in the IIT Senates. Implementation of any changes in the existing entrance tests should be kept on hold until the above reports are obtained, consolidated and finally accepted by the Senates.” 

IIT Faculty Federation representatives said they had submitted a resolution to Sibal, who said he would consider the demands. The resistance to the test is mainly learnt to be from the IITs of Kanpur, Bombay and Delhi. The faculty feels they have not been engaged enough in the process. 

Earlier today, Sibal met the directors of seven old IITs to discuss the test and IIT Senates’ concerns over it. Sources said directors discussed the challenges of normalising marks awarded by different state boards in school leaving exams. 

“The concern was that some boards award marks more generously than others. Some directors voiced concerns about rampant cheating in certain boards,” HRD Ministry sources said. 

The IIT faculty’s reservation to single test is well known, but today was the first formal attempt by Sibal to get them on board. On February 22, Sibal had announced a go-ahead for the single test for entry to IITs and National Institutes of Technology from 2013 after meeting state education ministers.