“ 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 9, 2012

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5.1 lakh students to sit for last IIT-JEE on Sunday

Published: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012, 9:45 IST | Updated: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012, 0:33 IST
By Pallavi Smart | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The last-ever IIT-JEE examination will be conducted on Sunday with 5.1 lakh students appearing for the entrance test from across the country.
This will be the last batch where admission to an IIT will depend solely on this examination. Batches hereafter will have to study equally hard for the board examinations which will carry 40% weightage in the new test pattern.

The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) is a national level exam for admission into the top technology institutes across the country. Starting next year, it will be replaced by the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) — a common admission test for engineering institutes across India.

Of the 5.1 lakh candidates appearing for IIT-JEE across the country, only 77,550 will be from the Bombay zone, much lower than previous year’s figure of 85,000.

But according to AV Mahajan, chairman, IIT-JEE, Bombay zone, the fall in numbers could be because of the transfer of the Udaipur centre from the Bombay zone to the Delhi zone. However,the number of female candidates has increased significantly to 27% from 19% in the previous year.

Sachin T, an IIT-JEE candidate, said, “We are fortunate that the pattern is changing only next year. Students prepare for IIT-JEE from Class 8 itself. So students who will appear for the IIT-JEE next year will certainly be affected.”

Praveen Tyagi, managing director, IIT-ians’ Pace, a coaching institute for students preparing for IIT-JEE, said, “Next year, it will definitely be difficult for students to juggle college and entrance exam preparations.”

Prof Ravindra Nadkarni, dean of academics, Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, said, “Doing reasonably well in Class 12 will no longer be enough. Students will have to excel.”

The IIT-JEE results are to be declared on or after May 18. Candidates will be able to check their answers on May 7 when the right answers will be uploaded on the website. Students will have a copy of their answer-sheet making it convenient for students to assess their performance.