“ 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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Sunday, May 13, 2012

141 - IIT Council to discuss common engineering entrance exam - Financial Express


Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 0212 hrs IST

New Delhi: With the government planning to scrap the 50-year-old IIT-JEE exam, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Council will have a crucial meeting on Saturday to decide the fate of the exam and find an alternative. The meeting is also a build-up to the country’s highest education advisory body, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), which is set to meet next month.

The meeting assumes significance as the ministry of human resource development’s (MHRD) proposal of a common national entrance exam for students aspiring to join central engineering institutions has been in-principle approved by states. If implemented, the exam will reduce the burden of multiplicity of exams on students.

The aptitude-cum-advanced knowledge test will be in place in 2013 once the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) are merged.

“ We are yet to discuss the issue and the decision will happen after a consensus,” said an IIT director who is coming to attend the meeting in Delhi. Incidentally, the IITs and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are opposing the scrapping of the JEE on grounds of dilution of quality. Also, the CABE committee meeting has been postponed by almost a month as the government and stakeholders could not find common ground for the national level exam.

While the IITs and other central educational institutions are proposing to adopt a weightage of 40% for state board marks, test scores will have 60% weightage.
However, states can adopt their own weightages for state board marks and the national examinations for admission to state-level institutions. The academic component of the main and advanced examinations would be handled by IITs whereas the management and conduct of the examination would be done by CBSE in collaboration with state boards.