“ 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

121 - Private sector has to play a big role in education, says Sibal

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Delhi: The private sector has no choice but to play a bigger role in improving the status of higher education in the country. This was stated by Minister for Human Resource Development Mr Kapil Sibal on the occasion of Confederation of Indian Industry's Annual General Meeting and National Conference. To increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education there was massive requirement of funds and the government was in no position to provide that, said the minister.

The agenda of reforms set by the government was stuck because of absence of discourse on key issues. Crucial bills such as the Foreign Education Providers Bill, National Commission for Higher Education and Research Bill and the Malpractices Bill were stuck in Parliament because there was no debate on them, said the minister. Calling upon parties to rise above politics on the crucial agenda of education, he exhorted them to provide all possible support to the government and ensure speedy passage of these bills.

Underlining the importance of state governments in shaping the education scenario of the country, Mr Sibal called upon them to pay more attention to this sector and focus on the quality of approvals they were giving.

Addressing a session titled India of the Future: Imperatives of Education and Skills, Mr Sibal expressed his concern at the absence of public discourse on the positives of Right to Education. "All we hear in media is concern over the 25 per cent quota for underprivileged children and how it is going to affect the quality of private schools," rued the minister adding that 80-90 per cent education at the elementary level was provided by the government.

Majority of the private schools in tier II and tier III cities are going to benefit from the Rs 1,200-per-child-compensation set by the government for admitting underprivileged children, said the minister. He called for a wider debate and discourse on the details of the legislation and how it was going to change the face of the country in years to come.

On the issue of joint entrance examinations (JEE) of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the minister said that it was to ensure fair opportunity to girl students in IITs that the government was working on giving 40 per cent weightage to class XII examinations. While girls fare better than boys in class XII, very few are able to get admission in IITs. This is because boys are sent by parents to coaching institutes away from homes, even neglecting the class XII exams.