“ 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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Thursday, April 26, 2012

128 - 'India should have single engineering entrance exam' - NY Daily News

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 04:02 PM

New Delhi, April 25 — With reforms in the IIT entrance tests being mulled, the founder of the prestigious Super 30 coaching institute, Anand Kumar, has suggested a single entrance exam for all engineering colleges in the country.
Kumar met Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday on the reforms needed for Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), which is held annually to select candidates for admission to 15 IITs and two other institutions.

"A single engineering exam should be held which should be objective questions based on 11th and 12th curriculum," he said adding, "the exam should be held three times and the score of best two should be calculated".

He believes the proposed pattern of including weightage of 12th board exam results and an entrance exam on a new pattern will be exploited by coaching institutes.

"Even before the new pattern could be announced, the coaching institutes have started new-pattern programmes to make good money from the innocent students," he told IANS after a meeting with the HRD minister.

Super 30 is an educational programme started in Patna by Kumar. Established in 2002, it selects 30 meritorious candidates each year from economically backward sections of society and trains them for the the entrance examination of (IIT-JEE).

"The proposed introduction of aptitude test and weightage to plus two board results cannot do away with the dependence on coaching. Instead, the coaching institutes are trying to cash in on this new trend to their advantage," Kumar said.

"The students would now be under more pressure trying to deal with the challenges on three fronts-preparing for plus two, the subject test for IIT-JEE and the new aptitude test -and the coaching institutes will make more money," he said.

Kumar suggests a single entrance exam for engineering on the lines of single exam suggested for medical colleges. He also says proposed adding of weightage may not work out as planned due to difference in marking standards.

So far, Kumar's 236 students have made it to the IITs, drawing worldwide attention to the programme.