“ 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

115 - 'ISEET won't eliminate coaching institutions' - Hindustan Times

'ISEET won't eliminate coaching institutions'

Kiran Wadhwa, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, March 22, 2012

Prof Indiresan taught for 40 years in the IITs and was the director of IIT Madras. He is a past president of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers and of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, and has been conferred honorary membership of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, US, and an honorary doctorate from the Karnataka Technical University.

Do you think the ISEET will eliminate the coaching class culture?No! ISEET will not eliminate coaching institutions but will make them change their programmes to help students do well in the exam.

Reports state that the ISEET will have an SAT-type component which will also test comprehension and language skills. Would this be fair on students from smaller towns from regional language mediums?If ISEET is fashioned like SAT with a requirement to know English well, that is good. If India is to become a global power, its experts should be proficient in a global language—which, at present is English. If the Chinese are learning English assiduously, I see no reason how Indians can escape that.

What, in your opinion, are the benefits and shortcomings of aptitude-based common national entrance tests for professional courses such as medicine and engineering in India?
  It is likely to promote better qualified students. Shortcoming: It will not ideally identify innovative minds. For that, we will have to adopt the American system of Harvard, MIT and Stanford—use the ISEET score for shortlisting only, and make the selection from referee reports from school teachers who have known the student well. An interview would be even better. That means coaching institutions have only a marginal value—which is all they deserve.

What would you advise students and parents who are now in a state of confusion because of uncertainity in government policy on these tests?Students should study well, and well enough to understand what they are studying. As for government policy, I can only wish the students and parents the best of luck because the policy changes every day and even within a day.