“ 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

92 - '40% weightage to board marks unfair' - DNA

'40% weightage to board marks unfair'

Published: Monday, Apr 9, 2012, 8:45 IST 
By Pallavi Smart | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA    

While the Indian Institute of Technology’s Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) undergoes reform, thanks to the Human Resource Department’s ambitious decision to conduct a single test for all engineering courses across the state, varied reactions are making the rounds in IIT.

Even the recent IITB (IIT Bombay) senate meeting saw strong opposition to the 40% weightage given to board marks, with the faculty calling it an unfair process, considering the ambiguity among different boards - international, national and state level.

A senate member said, “Traditionally, board marks have been a criterion for admission to IITs, demanding that students score enough in the boards. This required score can be increased in the reformed JEE pattern. But using a candidate’s board examination score for ranking will be unfair.”

Another member said, “Different boards have varied examination and evaluation patterns. Also the board examinations are mostly theory-based, where rote-learning can help, whereas competitive tests are application-based.”

A special seven-member committee constituted by the HRD minister is meeting faculty members of the IITB at the institute on Monday, and will make a presentation on the reformed JEE. The committee will then hear suggestions and objections from the faculty.

“More than 10 lakh candidates appear for the AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Test) compared to the five-six lakhs appearing for the JEE. This indicates that there are many students who are keen to do engineering, but not necessarily keen to join IIT. 

Considering this gap, there is also a difference in the difficulty levels,” pinpointed another senate member.

There is also talk about waiting another year before implementing the reformed JEE pattern, since the system is not yet ready to allow candidates enough time to prepare.