“ 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

94 - Confirmation From States Important For CET- Kapil - One India


Confirmation From States Important For CET- Kapil

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 11:05 [IST]
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On Monday, Kapil Sibal the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister announced that the establishment of the Common Entrance Test (CET) for all Engineering institutes cannot take place until the states give their confirmation. Earlier a proposal for merging the IIT JEE and AIEEE and state Joint Entrance Exams had been accepted by the IIT's and the NIT's of the country but five states had initially opposed the decision based on the difference in curriculum and marking schemes between the various central and state education boards as the reason.

Sibal said that “Indian Statistical Institute has come up with a formula for calibrating the results of various state boards to equalize the results through a percentile system”. “We have a system with main and advanced papers for the exam along with board exams on which emphasis is going to be kept. The autonomy is however left to institutions that whether they would consider the main or the advanced papers or both but only emphasis on board results will be made mandatory”.

While occupying the podium at the seminar organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, harped on the idea of education being a “collaborative issue” requiring a “holistic approach” but because of “paralysis of policymakers” and “lack of flexibility” of educational bodies higher education poses a serious debacle for the future generations.

HRD Minister Sibal siad “We had put forward as many as 14 legislation’s in the parliament but they have been lying there for almost two years because nobody wants to raise them or talk about them or even put them on the agenda. India will have one third of the entire work force in the world but what will happen to these people if we cannot provide proper higher education or vocational training for them?”

He added saying that “Citing the need for skills development forged through industry and academic partnership Sibal urged the industry leaders “to be deeply involved with Education. We have had the industry frame the syllabus for the All India Council of Technical Education and I must say they have been very helpful and cooperative”.

On further query Sibal informed that the Akash is “in the testing phase” and depending” upon reaction of students” the project shall be taken forward. However, Sibal denied having any knowledge on the “credit guarantee scheme” announced by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his budget which promises help for needy families to attain higher education.