“ 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 28, 2012

129 - Super 30's Kumar asks Sibal For Change in JEE - Daily Pioneer

129 - Super 30's Kumar asks Sibal For Change in JEE - Daily Pioneer 


Amid controversy over the Common Entrance Test for engineering, Super-30 founder Anand Kumar on Wednesday called for giving at least three chances to the rural poor to clear the joint entrance exam (JEE) in order to provide a level playing field.

At a meeting with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Kumar stressed that JEE question papers should not be set solely by IIT professors, who have little idea of 10+2 curriculum.

CBSE teachers should also be involved for a balanced paper, to reduce dependency of students on coaching institutes, he pointed out.

Kumar suggested that the best way to provide a level playing field would be the option of a single multiple choice test based on 10+2 syllabus. “If AIIMS can admit students through a single test, IIT-JEE can also do it also,” he added. This process will also reduce stress levels among students and ultimately lead to more importance being attached to school studies.

Kumar also strongly objected to the inclusion of subjective special test in addition to the MCQ-based test due to unfairness and subjectivity in manual evaluation.

Other important suggestions from Kumar included continuation of all transparency norms adopted in IIT-JEE for the past two years. On behalf of underprivileged students, he said, “If they get three chances, in keeping with their starting disadvantage, that will automatically increase their participation and reduce dependence on coaching.”
Having set up Super-30 a decade ago, Kumar provides free residential coaching to 30 meritorious students from the underprivileged sections of society. So far, 236 students have made it to the IITs, drawing worldwide attention to the programme.