“ 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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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

126 - IITs to frame new admission policies - Mingle Box

Published On: 20 Apr 2012

After the proposal to give weightage to class XII scores during admissions was rejected by the faculties of elite institutes, the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) have decided to frame new list of effective policies to select students.

This was decided after considering the T.Ramasami report at all the IIT campuses. The report proposes for a single common national level entrance exam for admission to engineering institutes. The faculties strictly opposed the report. Moreover, it also raised several questions on the fairness of normalization of class XII marks of all the boards in the country.
The new recommendations will be presented before the IIT senates individually. The proposal will then be discussed by each senate before the final meeting of IITs.

Many faculty members mentioned that evaluation of class XII board marks, teaching-learning facilities highly vary for all the school boards and hence they could not be normalized statistically. The IIT faculty federation had submitted a list of issues about the new system in its meeting with Kapil Sibal, HRD minister. There is ambiguity over the implementation of new admission procedure by 2013.
In the mean time, IIT-Bombay has decided to spot out the challenges in different sectors and develop a roadmap for R&D (Research & Development) with the respective industries. These measures have been taken to improve institutes partnership with the industries.
For the first time, IIT-Bombay has approached the industry by displaying its research work and existing associations and suggested on methods by which the communication could be preceded. The institute has a database of 350 industries and it is seeking at long term and strategic partnership with them.
Source: Times of India