“ 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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Over 5 lakh students appear for IIT-JEE entrance exam

Mon Apr 09 2012, 04:23 hrs

As many as 5.06 lakh students appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) on Sunday. JEE 2012, which is probably going to be the last exam in this pattern, was organised by IIT-Delhi.

The IIT-JEE entrance was held at 1,067 centres across the country for admission to nearly 9,618 undergraduate seats in 15 IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad. Over 600 additional engineering seats will be added to the existing 9,618 seats this year. The exam was scheduled in two sessions — 9 am to noon and 2 pm to 5 pm.
“Some of the questions this year were lengthier. The paper was not very difficult though,” said Parthiv Mehta, an IIT aspirant.

The HRD ministry is planning to introduce a national common examination called ISEET (Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test) for admission to all central-level engineering institutes like IITs from next year.

If the proposed ISEET materialises, JEE 2012 would be the last IIT-JEE entrance test. Performance in the school board exam may also be considered for admission from 2013 onwards.

This year students had to use pens instead of pencils to highlight the answers. “We should be sure about the correct answers before darkening the circles with a pen since it leaves no scope for us to erase them later,” said a student.

This year, IITs had even allowed free online registration for female aspirant. The forms for girls were priced at Rs 200 while they were for Rs 1,800 for male candidates in the general and reserved categories. There has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of girl candidates this year. The results of JEE are scheduled to be declared on May 18.