“ 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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77 - Common engineering entrance examination from 2013 - INDIA TODAY

Common engineering entrance examination from 2013 

Ritika Chopra  New Delhi, January 27, 2012 | UPDATED 13:36 IST

The first edition of the common engineering entrance examination scheduled to roll out in 2013 will probably cover only centrally-funded technical institutions in its first year.

In other words, just 15 IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), 30 NITs (National Institutes of Technology), 4 IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research) and a few deemed universities will fall under its ambit.

Currently, there are 15 lakh engineering colleges across the country and more than 150 entrance tests are conducted for admission to these institutes.
The HRD ministry has held three meetings since last September to work on the final format of the examination, which will be jointly conducted by the IITs and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

But Sibal and his ministry are tightlipped about the details. "We are working on it and an announcement will be made in February," the minister said.
However, those who attended the last meeting have told Mail Today that the examination, in its first year, will probably be meant for engineering programmes of only central institutions.

"All our discussions till now have been mainly pertaining to the IITs, NITs, IIITs and centrally funded institutes. The test for the first year will probably just cover them or be a merger of the IIT-JEE and the AIEEE," an official who was present at the last meeting, held over a week ago, said on the condition of anonymity.

The rationale behind the common entrance exam for engineering is to reduce psychological and financial stress on students because of multiple entrance tests and give more importance to Class XII results than private coaching.

"A student's class XII Boards results will be taken into account at the time of admission," Sibal had said about the test in September last year.

Currently, apart from the joint entrance examination conducted by the IITs and the AIEEE conducted by the CBSE, all the states have their own engineering examinations. Many deemed universities and private institutes also hold their own tests.

"Whether the states will join the common test in the first year has not been discussed. I guess the idea is to first introduce the exam with the central institutes on board and then have the state governments and private players join it eventually," said the official.

The HRD ministry is likely to get the states on board before a formal notification on the test is issued next month.

"A meeting is scheduled with all state education ministers on February 15. We will try to get them on board. We are hoping that at least the seven states that subscribe to the AIEEE score will join the common entrance test," an HRD ministry source said.