“ 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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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

135 - IIT-B panel not for board marks in JEE - Hindustan Times

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, May 01, 2012

A screening test for all aspirants followed by another test for selected candidates; and board exam marks removed from the admission equation are some suggestions made by the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) panel for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).

These suggestions are still being finalised. JEE is the entrance criterion to the IITs.

The HRD ministry had proposed, among other changes, including a candidate’s board exams marks based on a percentile score, as part of JEE reforms, from next year.

Following opposition from the senates of IIT-B, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur, the ministry asked individual IITs to draft their own proposals and debate them in their senates. The panel is also opposing the implementation of reforms from 2013. “All this will be debated in the senate,” said an IIT-B official. IIT-B director, Devang Khakhar, declined to comment.

IIT-Kanpur has also come up with a similar suggestion, of using the ministry’s proposed test as a screening process for candidates.