“ 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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Monday, April 30, 2012

132 - Teachers want IIT-JEE to stay - Telegraph India

Teachers want IIT-JEE to stay

- Open to national tech entrance test if it is followed by own exam BASANT KUMAR MOHANTY

New Delhi, April 29: IIT faculties have demanded that the institutes be allowed to continue with their separate entrance exam, the IIT-JEE, a stand that could make it difficult for the government to replace it with a combined entrance test for all centrally funded tech schools.

The faculties are also against any dilution of the IIT-JEE’s importance through weightage given to board marks during selection of students for admission. (See chart)

The Union human resource development (HRD) ministry had proposed scrapping the IIT-JEE in favour of a combined national entrance test, and giving 40 per cent weightage to the candidates’ board exam marks during selection.

However, faced with opposition from the IIT faculties, the ministry decided to allow the matter to be debated at the institutes before a final decision was taken in June.

First, the issue was to be discussed at each of the seven older IITs’ faculty association, then at each IIT’s senate and then at the IIT Council.

The senate of IIT Kanpur and the faculty associations in Delhi, Mumbai and Kharagpur have met over the past two weeks and decided that the IIT-JEE should continue in its present form in 2013.

They are ready to accept the combined national entrance test from 2014 (Kharagpur wants it a few years later), but insist that it should be followed by the IIT-JEE in a two-tier exam system.

This IIT-JEE should be an advanced subjective-type exam rather than an objective-type one as it is now. Through it, the premier tech schools will select their students from among those who qualify in the proposed combined test.

As for the 40 per cent weightage to board marks, the IIT faculties have said that board scores should only be used to set an eligibility cut-off for the JEE: admission should be based solely on the students’ scores in the entrance test.

A member of IIT Delhi’s faculty forum, whose executive body met this week, explained how the two-tier exam system would work.

“Since the IITs together have nearly 11,000 seats, the top 55,000 qualifiers in the combined national entrance test will be allowed to appear in the IIT-JEE,” he said.

“To ensure that the students do not neglect their board exam, their board performance will be an eligibility criterion for appearance in the IIT-JEE.”

The IIT Kanpur senate, made up by the institute’s professors, and the IIT Bombay faculty association have taken the same decisions. The general body of IIT Kharagpur’s faculty association met last Thursday and decided the IIT-JEE should continue in its current form for the next few years.

“Our faculty association is not in favour of taking students through the proposed national (combined) test for at least two or three years. We want the IITs to examine the effectiveness of the proposed national test and later take a decision. 

Till that time, the IIT-JEE should continue,” a faculty association member said.
The HRD ministry had set up two committees — one headed by IIT Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya and another by science and technology secretary T. Ramasami — to suggest reforms of the IIT-JEE. Both committees suggested the introduction of 40 per cent weightage to Class XII board marks apart from holding a test in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

The ministry then proposed a single national-level test from 2013, replacing the IIT-JEE and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), for admission to about 100 centrally-funded tech schools, including the IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs). Scores in that exam were to carry 60 per cent weightage.

IIT faculties, however, differed and met HRD minister Kapil Sibal earlier this month. Sibal then said the proposal for the combined national test had to be debated at the senates of all the IITs.

The ministry will next month hold a meeting of the IIT Council, the institutes’ apex decision-making body, where the views of all the senates will be considered. The final decision will be taken by the Central Advisory Board of Education, the apex advisory body on education.