“ 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

150 - Scientific approach needed to include board marks in Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test, says govt committee - TOI

Abhishek Choudhari, TNN | May 27, 2012, 01.06AM IST

NAGPUR: The two government-appointed committees set up to look into a common engineering exam have strongly suggested a 'rigorous and scientific approach' for including Std XII board marks in the admission process.

Both the Acharya and Ramasami committees have made their stand clear on an issue which now pretty much threatens the union HRD ministry's plan to give India its first common entrance test.

TOI has accessed both the committee reports and it gives an insight to the road map for the proposed Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET).

The HRD ministry first constituted a committee in March 2010 under the chairmanship of D Acharya, director of IIT Kharagpur, and tasked it with finding an alternative to the present examination system into engineering colleges, including the prestigious IITs.

Later in May 2011, another committee was formed under the chairmanship of T Ramasami, secretary in the department of Science and Technology. The second committee's task (which included former chairman Acharya) was to work out a realistic method of holding the ISEET in a country where there are multiple boards and similar methods of evaluation.

While setting up the committees, the government had made it clear that the board exam marks should be 'given due weightage' thus leaving aptitude to be the main focus area for the ISEET. An HRD ministry letter dated March 8, 2010 which announced the formation of the Acharya committee emphasized that the new CET should 'constitute of an aptitude test which gauges the raw intelligence of students and lays less emphasis on physics, chemistry and mathematics as these are already tested at the board level'.

The Acharya committee recommended that before the inclusion of board marks there should be a common syllabus across the country. In its interim report, the Acharya committee says 'the board examination results could be brought to a meaningful common base if all boards use the same question paper for examination and common model answer for evaluation'. In their consultations with the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) the committee was informed that 'most of the boards will implement the common curriculum and syllabus in physics, chemistry, mathematics and bioscience by 2012'.

It further added that board results across the country should be released by May 1 to facilitate a smooth coordination for the ISEET, along with every student using the Unique Identification Scheme.

Later, when the Ramasami committee submitted its report to the government in September 2011, the ISEET had taken a more definitive shape. The committee said that a rigorous and scientific approach has to be taken if board marks are to be included.

This 'scientific approach' job was then given to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) which studied results of ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu boards. 

The ISI worked out a mathematical formula which is aimed at 'normalization' of board marks before its inclusion in the admission process.

It is this formula which is not finding favour with the IITs. A source in one of the older IITs said, "It is impossible to equate scores of CBSE to that of Bihar board. 

It is just not the curriculum but also the evaluation methods that are being used at these places." The HRD ministry officials however are convinced that the IITs are not favouring the idea of inclusion of board marks itself.

Many meetings have been held between all stakeholders but no common ground has been reached. Now everyone, including HRD minister Kapil Sibal, will assemble for a major meeting in the capital on Monday where a final decision on the ISEET is to be taken.