“ 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 27, 2012

149 - Who said IIT aspirants take boards lightly? - DNA

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 8:00 IST 
By Pallavi Smart | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Devdeep Ray, who stood third in Maharashtra state with an all-India rank of 13 in the IIT-JEE results, scored 95.4% in Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examination.

Pratik Fegade, who came 4th in the state with all-India rank of 16 in IIT-JEE, scored 94% in the HSC.

IIT aspirants have come out with flying colours, proving those wrong who think that they do not give importance to board examination.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development’s (MHRD) plan of introducing 40% weightage to board marks for entry into IIT hinged on the reason that students ignore board examination while preparing for entrance tests.

Many IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination) rankers were seen among the HSC high scorers.

The MHRD’s decision has met with opposition in the circle of IITs. It has proposed replacing the multiple entrance tests conducted by states, private engineering schools, and the IIT-JEE and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) with a single test across the country.

The single test is aimed at reducing the stress of taking multiple tests for students just out of Class 12, reducing dependency on coaching institutes which promote learning by rote, and reinforcing the importance of school education.

“It is a wrong notion that students preparing for competitive examinations totally ignore the board examination. We have proofs now of students who have done well in board examination while preparing for the IITJEE and other competitive entrance examinations for engineering courses,” said Praveen Tyagi, managing director of the IITian’s PACE, a coaching class for IITJEE preparation.

An IIT-B professor said that students aspiring for admission to IITs are generally those who have been performing well consistently in schools. “So they are not likely to ignore school studies for ministry to make them understand the importance of board examination,” he said.