“ 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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Sunday, April 8, 2012

87 - Eight common entrance tests lined up in next 2 months - TOI

Vishwas Kothari, TNN | Apr 7, 2012, 05.10AM IST

PUNE: With the Std XII board exams over, it's time now for the students to gear up for the common entrance tests (CETs) lined up over the next two months, for professional engineering and medical degree courses.

At least eight CETs of significance for students in and around Pune are scheduled between April 8 and June 9. The season kicks off with the Indian Institute of Technology - Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE), which is to be held on April 8.

The IIT-JEE will be held in two sessions with paper-I commencing from 9 am to 12 noon and paper-II from 2 pm to 5 pm. In Maharashtra, it will be held simultaneously across 11 cities, including Pune.

"I am a bit nervous about Sunday (April 8), but I hope that hard work will pay off," said Mitali Vasna, a student from SP college, who will appear for the IIT-JEE. "Preparations have been fine. I have been working on chemistry for the last couple of days, and have tried to keep my mind free of stress," she said.

Aniket Damle from the Delhi Public School said, "I am anxious, but confident about my preparation. A lot of hard work has gone into it and I hope things will be good for me."

Another IIT aspirant, Bhavik Rasyara said, "I have been preparing for the exam for the last couple of years. I am doing the usual last minute revision."

Following the IIT-JEE, the final paper of the two-stage All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, will be held on April 29. The prelims were held on April 1.

The Karnataka CET, which is attempted by several students from western Maharashtra, especially from the districts closer to Karnataka, is lined up next for May 3 and will be followed by Association of Management's of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges' (AMUPMDC) 'ASSO CET 2012' in Maharashtra on May 5.

The AFMC's entrance test for MBBS course has been scheduled for May 6 and will be followed by the big one - the MHT-CET 2012, which is the state government's combined entrance exam for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy courses. More than three lakh students appear for this test.April 8: IIT-JEE 2012

April 29: AIEEE offline exam
May 3: Karnataka CET
May 5: ASSO CET 2012 for private unaided health science colleges
May 6: AFMC entrance for MBBS course
May 10: MHT-CET 2012, state government's combined entrance test
May 13: AIPMT 2012 final paper
May 10 to June 9: Online test window period for BITSAT 2012