COMMON ENGINEERING TEST
Most IITs reject weightage to school exams
New Delhi, May 16
The government’s proposed common engineering test 2013 for admission of students to centrally funded technical institutes has hit a virtual roadblock, with faculties of premier IITs rejecting it in its present form.
The senates (faculty bodies) of six out of seven old Indian Institutes of Technology have put their foot down so far as treating the proposed exam as an admission test to premier institutes is concerned.
In their representation to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Senates of all IITs - Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Delhi and Roorkee (with the exception of Guwahati) have categorically said school board exam performance "will not to be used for the preparation of the final merit list in respect of admission to IITs and IITs will prepare this final list on the basis of an IIT advanced test."
A majority of the professors in the IIT system have resolved that the current practice of admissions to the undergraduate program to the IITs (through IIT-JEE) should continue unchanged for 2013 and the national screening test should be held only from 2014.
IIT faculty has however red-flagged a key element of the proposed common national exam - admission of students to central technical institutes including IITs on the basis of this test whose merit list would be prepared after factoring in the school board marks and results of an objective type aptitude test. IIT teachers say they would select the top students from the national screening and subject them to an IIT advanced subjective type test to prepare their final merit list for admission to the premier institutes (eight new ones have been added in the recent past).
In their statement to Sibal, the senates have said, "From 2014 onwards, the national entrance test be used as a screening test for the purpose of admissions to undergraduate programmes to IITs. From the national screening test, a fixed number of candidates (about 50,000) will be chosen who will become eligible to appear in the advanced test to be conducted by the IITs." This practically puts IITs out of the purview of the test.
IITs say the merit list of advanced test would not factor in board exam marks and structure would be prepared in due course.
“ 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.
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