“ 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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Monday, April 16, 2012

114 - New institutions diluting brand IIT, say alumni - Express India

New institutions diluting brand IIT, say alumni

Naveed Iqbal

Posted: Apr 16, 2012 at 0354 hrs IST
New Delhi Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi Alumni on Sunday said that the government was “diluting” the brand of IIT by adding new institutes with the same name to the existing IITs and also by making changes to the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).

President of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA) Himangshu Vaish said, “With changes in the selection process and opening up of eight more IITs in quick succession — to ride piggy back on the success of the earlier IITs — could seriously compromise the overall quality of education in IITs.” He said the phenomena of adding new colleges to an established brand has not been done in the case of other leading institutes like Harvard and Stanford and is a matter of concern to the entire IIT fraternity.

Vaish said, “The changes in the selection process in the past has already started compromising the intake quality and any further changes in the process could seriously hamper the growth of IITs.” He was speaking at the third Leadership Conclave of The IIT Delhi Alumni Association Vision 2020. The association has nearly 35,000 members and chapters across India and abroad.

The alumni also raised concern over government’s decision to “do away with” the IIT-JEE.

Chairman (organising committee) of the conclave and former President IITDAA Shashi Munjal said, “We are meeting to assess whether IITs are following the path originally envisaged.The government’s steps to scrap the JEE is causing heartburn to the IITians.

Stalwarts of the industry came together to discuss the issues concerning their alma mater. The participants at the conclave deliberated on bringing industry closer to IITs, engaging alumni in national policy making and improving infrastructure of the IITs.

Speaking about the autonomy of IITs, Secretary of the association Somanath Bharti said that policy decisions regarding an IIT are initiated by the senate, then the board of governor and then the IIT council which in turn takes these decisions to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. “But with regard to the JEE, the government took the reverse order and announced the changes without first consulting the IIT senates, “ he said.