“ 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

127 - IIT alumni association writes to HRD ministry against reforms - Hindustan Times

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 25, 2012

Opposition to the proposed joint entrance exam (JEE) reforms for entry to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) continues to escalate, with the PanIIT Alumni Association writing to the human resources development ministry and IIT directors with its objections. The Association, which represents more than 2 lakh alumni across the IITs, sent a letter on Tuesday evening to the ministry and IIT directors saying that the institutes should be allowed to decide their admission process. They have also said the reforms need more discussion and should not be implemented in a hurry.

The ministry had earlier said the reforms would be implemented from 2013.
“The IITs are autonomous and have their own eco-system which has enabled them to do well,” said Hari Padmanabhan, chairman of the Association. “Any aspect of this ecosystem needs to be decided by each IIT senate. Leave it to the IITs.”

Two weeks ago, HRD minster Kapil Sibal met IIT directors and the All India IIT Faculty Federation. Each of the IITs is now in the process of formulating its own reforms proposal. 

“What is the urgency for the reforms?” said Somnath Bharti, a Supreme Court advocate and secretary of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association. “The government cannot reverse engineer the process by making an announcement and then going to the senates. That was not what the IITs Act was enacted for.”

The PanIIT Alumni Association had held a discussion on April 15. Other points raised include that the JEE should be left to the IITs to conduct.