“ 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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

98 - Sibal tries to soothe IIT nerves on CET - TOI

Sibal tries to soothe IIT nerves on CET

TNN | Apr 10, 2012, 05.40AM IST

NEW DELHI: With the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) expressing reservations on the common entrance test (CET) for engineering, the government has sent two teams to Kanpur and Mumbai to discuss the prickly issues. HRD minister Kapil Sibal will also meet IIT council, representatives of the IIT faculty federation and others on Wednesday.

At least three IITs - Delhi, Kanpur, Mumbai - and the All-India IIT Faculty Federation have expressed their concerns on the CET, arguing that the move will dilute Brand IIT.

The government's proposal is to change the IIT-JEE format by introducing two-part objective-type tests and giving weightage to Class XII marks.

Sources said IIT-Madras governing board chairman Prof M M Sharma, IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthy, IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay Dhande and IIT-Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya visited Mumbai on Monday, while Acharya and IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Barua were in Kanpur last week for discussions with other educationists.

The issue will be taken up with the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting that is slated to be held on April 23.

To add to the HRD ministry's woes is the IIT Faculty Federation that has argued that the proposed reforms would not serve the purpose of getting students with high aptitude and knowledge.

The IITs are in favour of pushing for its implementation in 2014.