“ 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, April 15, 2012

113 - Slum boy fights all odds to crack IIT entrance - TOI



KOLKATA: Poverty could not rein in the spirit of this youth and hold him back from fighting his way through all odds. 

Unlike many youngsters in his neighbourhood who had resigned to fate, Monoranjan Bera worked hard to change his destiny. Bera has ranked 50th in the IIT entrance examination to a joint MSc-PhD programme

Bera, living in a single room tenement at Bhatapukur in Kharagpur, can serve as an example to youngsters. 

"One needs to visit his house to perceive of Bera's determination. The single-room tenement is little more than a shanty in a slum, primarily inhabited by tribals. I know him from childhood and his perseverance became evident when he scored 409 in the Higher Secondary examinations and topped the list in Kharagpur. In college, his first year results weren't too good but Bera didn't give up. He has kept up the hard work and we expect him to score over 60% in the final exams that are on," said Uttam Ghosh, who taught Bera at the Midnapore College

Bera says that he had always wanted to go in for research or take up teaching as a career. After completing school from Inda Krishnalal Shiksha Niketan, he took up Chemistry (Hons) at Midnapore College. Along with his regular studies, Bera prepared for joint admission test for MSc 2012 (JAM 2012). He cracked JAM 2012, organized by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, for itself and seven other IITs at Delhi, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Madras and Roorkee. 

"I couldn't afford private tuitions so I continued studying at home. My professors, particularly Tridib Tripathy, who taught me Organic Chemistry in college and our former teacher Amalendu Ghoshal, supported me a lot. I also received a lot of financial support from Ujjal Sengupta, a social worker who lives nearby. I still don't know how much I will have to pay for the course. We will have to fill-up and submit a form by May 25 after which the details will become clear. I would certainly like to study at IIT, Kharagpur as the other expenses involved will be less," said Bera. His father runs a pan shop on OT Road while his mother works as a farm labourer during the harvesting season. 

Sengupta and his wife Chaitali came to know of Bera when he was in school and helped him with books, clothes and fees. "He got through to an engineering college in Kolaghat after his HS but Bera preferred to study Chemistry at Midnapore College. He has made us proud by cracking JAM 2012," Sengupta said. IIT, Kharagpur introduced the joint MSc- PhD course in Chemistry in 2009-10. According to Bera, the programme offers a borderless course structure with opportunity to pursue cuttingedge interdisciplinary research. 

It involves course work in the first two years, while research project begins from the third semester. 

According to IIT, Kharagpur sources, the MSc and PhD graduates find placements in high-ranking universities and institutes in India, USA and Europe. They are also in high demand in industries.