“ 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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Saturday, April 21, 2012

123 - HRD Ministry tries hard to pacify IITs on ISEET 2013 -

HRD Ministry tries hard to pacify IITs on ISEET 2013

Published On: 10 Apr 2012 

HRD Ministry is putting in all efforts to convince IITs, which are currently objecting the proposed single entrance test for admission to undergraduate engineering courses before the CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) meeting on April 23, 2012.

CABE is the supreme decision maker on education in India and is expected to take a rational stand on the common entrance exam proposed by MHRD to be introduced in 2013.

An IIT panel has met IIT- Kanpur and IIT-Bombay since they have opposed vehemently to the proposed pattern where merit list will be based on 2 part objective type exam and weightage will be assigned to class XII scores.

The NIT council and Joint IIT Council are also scheduled to meet on April 14, 2012 over the issue as a faculty from IIT-B has expressed that the proposed changes will not help IITs to get right students which the institutes aim at. The council’s meeting will be followed after the meeting of Union minister, Kapil Sibal with IIT heads and faculty federations.

Many IIT students are also protesting against the common entrance test proposed by the government.

HRD Ministry is planning to hold the new common entrance test as per new format on April 7, 2013 to be conducted by CBSE. IIT-NIT Council will constitute a joint admission board which will be responsible for formulating the policies and constitutional responsibilities for holding the 2013 exam and declaration of Results.

The test is proposed to replace the present AIEEE and IIT JEE exams. The HRD ministry had earlier declared that the scores of the new common entrance exam will be used for admission to central technical institutes such as NITs and IITs and to the states that are ready to accept the new format. Sources from Ministry revealed that some states including Gujarat have given their consent over the new format.

As per the new format, merit list will be based on Class XII marks with 40% weightage to be assigned to the same after normalization of marks, 30% to the main test and 30% to the advanced test.
IIT faculties expressed that the weightage system will prevent IITs from getting talented minds as same scale cannot be used to exhibit the knowledge of the students and such weightage can not be called a true evaluation.
Source: Economic Times