“ 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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Tamil Nadu Facing Uneasiness Over Scrapping JEE

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:15 [IST]

Education ministers and officials from various states will meet up it New Delhi on Wednesday, in order to decide whether to adopt the common aptitude-cum-advanced knowledge test proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for admission to engineering institutions in their respective States.

The test proposes to replace the IIT Joint Entrance Examination and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and other entrance tests of engineering institutions affiliated to the Central Government in 2013.

At present, various state boards and institutions, including the IIT's, conduct at least 150 entrance exams every year. As per the proposal, 40% weightage during the admission process will be based on the students percentile rank in Class XII examination and 60% on the score in the test that will most likely have questions on aptitude, logical and critical reasoning, English and Science subjects.

The former Vice Chancellor of Anna University M.Anandakrishnan whi is now the chairman of IIT-Kanpur and part of the IIT governing council says “Directors of all 42 school boards have agreed to comply by this test, which would require them to release results in the computerised format by June every year. This would not only reduce the dependance of students on coaching classes but also encourage them to focus more on class XI and XII syllabus in schools”.

He says a tested and verified formula designed by Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata will be applied to school board results to normalize the evaluation which will convert his percentage of marks into a percentile. But, TN says that sources is unlikely to agree to the test, for it was just six years ago that it scrapped the entrance exam of professional courses to enable more students from rural background join engineering education. But the move has not only created apprehensions among students who have already started their JEE preparations a year ago, but also among coaching institutes who think they will have to revamp their course structures now.

An education consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi says “We had nearly 3,000 students from the State Board getting full marks in mathematics last year and 160 scorning full marks in science subjects. The board exams need to be revamped to test the subject knowledge of the student and not just his memory skills”.

But still, the emphasis on aptitude questions, as proposed in the test, may restrict the need to delve further into the subject, say some teachers. Gita Prabhu of AIMS Education fees that “not every one who undergoes JEE coaching actually does so rigorously. Many go for foundation courses to get the approach to problem-solving right. Teachers in may State Board Schools cannot manage without 'worked out' solutions, and the students have no choice but to depend on coaching classes”.

Source : The Hindu