“ 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 20, 2012

120 - IITs to draw up fresh admission rules - TOI

TNN | Apr 20, 2012, 12.24AM IST

MUMBAI: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to draw up a fresh list of workable suggestions to select students after a proposal to partially consider Class 12 scores for admission was shot down by faculty members of the elite institutions. 

The decision was taken after discussions at all IIT campuses on the T Ramasami report, which looks at having a single pan-India entrance exam for admission to engineering colleges. Suggestions in the report were met with stiff resistance. More importantly, the report raised innumerable questions on the fairness of the system that would normalise the Class 12 scores of all the boards in India. 

The new suggestions will be placed before the respective IIT senates. Each senate will discuss the proposal before all the IITs meet and ratify them by mid-May. 

IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar said, "There is a large support for some reforms... The ball is in our court now and we will come up with a proposal on how to select students." 

Most faculty members had stated that teaching-learning, facilities and assessment of Class 12 were highly varied across school boards and could not be statistically normalised. The IIT faculty federation had met HRD minister Kapil Sibal and submitted a list of its concerns about the new system. 

It is still unclear if the new admission method would be in place by 2013 or the roll-out may be delayed by a year. "That largely depends on how big the change is," added Khakhar. 

Meanwhile, in a move to improve its industry collaborations, IIT-B has decided to identify the challenges in various sectors and create a roadmap for research & development (R&D) with the concerned industries. 

The institute, for the first time, reached out to the industry by showcasing its research projects and current collaborations and brainstormed on ways in which the interactions could be forwarded. 

"We can look at the existing initiatives that are currently in operation. They include the health-consortium and our centres in areas like photovoltaic research, aerospace and nano-electronics, among others, to identify themes, set a roadmap for implementation and take stock of developments," IIT-B dean (R&D) Rangan Banerjee said. 

"Further, we have a database of 350 industries and we are looking at creating long-term, strategic associations with them," Banerjee said.