“ 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

97 - IITs oppose government's move to include Class XII score - TOI

Times of India :: 10 April 2012

TNN | Apr 10, 2012
MUMBAI: The human resource development (HRD) ministry's plan to have a single all-India engineering entrance test seems to have run into rough weather with the IIT faculty opposing its plan to give weightage to Class XII marks during the admission process.

A central committee that visited the IIT-Bombay campus on Monday found it difficult to counter various arguments posed by the faculty against considering Class XII marks. Faculty members said considering Class XII scores and drawing equivalence by a set formula was not fair as the 40 Indian boards were diverse and their curricula as well as assessment rules different.
Almost all of the 200 teachers present said a fair normalization of Class XII scores for students is not possible as all Indian students who went to high school are not on the same page. Some faculty suggested that Class XII scores can be used at the first level to shortlist students.

"Improve schooling and our high schools; rid exams of malpractices, have a uniform country-wide exam timetable and quality of teaching-learning, fill up vacant posts for teachers and then we will speak of placing importance on Class XII marks," said a faculty member.

The HRD ministry wants to implement a single entrance examination from 2013 for admission to all centrally-funded institutions such as IITs, National Institutes of Technology, IISER, IIIT, IISc (Bangalore), IIEST (Shibpur) and NERIST ( Itanagar). States' engineering colleges can also admit students based on the exam scores.

Stating that the time frame of 2013 was too early for a decision so big, faculty members vetoed the visiting panel's recommendations. Instead, they suggested a pan-India screening exam, followed by another advanced subjective test for admission to the IITs.

Of the four members, merely two-chairman of the board of governor of IIT-Madras M M Sharma and IIT-Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya-visited the campus.

The panel has already visited IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur and was faced with tough questions; in Kanpur, faculty boycotted the meeting and walked out. At IIT-Bombay, faculty members told the panel that the IIT council was merely an advisory body and cannot interfere with the institutes' admissions. "Unless the senates of all the IITs pass this report, it cannot be implemented," said another faculty.

Faculty members said JEE has earned the trust of the country for its fairness and if it has to be improved, then something better must be thought of.