“ 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

125 - Meeting over the proposed JEE 2013 ended inconclusively

Meeting over the proposed JEE 2013 ended inconclusively

Published On: 12 Apr 2012

The meeting between the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) over the proposed common entrance exam for admission to centrally funded technical institutes in India ended with no conclusion at all. However, both sides declared that the meeting was positive and fruitful.

The meeting was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 between the HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal and IIT directors, faculty federation representatives from older IITs – Kanpur, Kharagpur, Bombay, Delhi, Madras and Guwahati and chairperson of the Board of Governors.

The meeting was called after the IITs such as IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi had expressed their doubts over the proposed changes in the entrance exam.
The highest decision making authority in each IIT, Senate of IIT Kanpur and Delhi had earlier raised questions on replacing IIT-JEE and had asked the ministry to discuss the issue of exam reforms. This meeting was called before the meeting of IIT-NIT Council on Saturday, April 7, 2012 to resolve the issue.

Sources revealed that ministry has asked IIT directors to discuss the proposed exam reforms in the Senate following which the IITs will respond to the MHRD with their suggestions for consideration.

IIT – Bombay, Delhi and Kanpur had not given their consent over the proposed reforms. Moreover, no Senate or Faculty Federation was consulted for formulating the examination reforms. Thus, IITs apprehended that the new IIT entrance exam is being implemented forcefully.

The ministry’s initiative of discussing the reforms in respective senates appears to be an effort to counter these apprehensions. However, IITs have requested ministry to put all reforms on hold till the Senate expresses its consent.

Source: Economic Times