“ 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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Monday, May 28, 2012

151 - Single entrance test for IITs? Crucial meeting to decide today - NDTV

NDTV Correspondent | Updated: May 28, 2012 11:22 IST

New Delhi: In what could decide the fate of several students aspiring to get into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the government will today hold a crucial meeting to on whether there should be a single entrance test for admission to the prestigious institutions.

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal is pushing for a single Joint Entrance Test (JEE) to replace the current IIT-JEE and AIEEE, two of the most established engineering examinations, for gaining entry into undergraduate technical courses at the IITs. The ministry is keen to implement this format from the next academic year in 2013, something that is being firmly opposed by the faculty federation and most of the IIT senates - decision-making bodies that look into the academics of the institutes. 

Hence, the meeting of the joint council of the IITs and the NITs with Mr Sibal today is significant, given the fact that most of the franchises are in favour of retaining the existing format for 2013, saying that the new arrangement can be effected only in 2014.

But the disagreements don't end here. Under the government's proposed new format, a ranking list will be prepared based on Class XII results with 40 per cent weightage to be given after normalisation of marks, 30 per cent to the main test and 30 per cent to the advanced test. The HRD Ministry's stress on school performance is based on the argument that most students don't attach importance to school examinations and only focus on tutorials, which several bright students are not able to afford. The IITs, meanwhile, are insisting that performance in the advanced test should be the only criteria to select and admit candidates to the undergraduate programmes.

The ministry also wants the entrance test to carry objective-type questions, something that the IIT senate disagrees with, favouring the present subjective-questions format.

The IIT Council, which includes the HRD Minister, had met on May 12 during which it is believed to have insisted that the proposed single entrance test may be used as the screening test for admissions to the institutes. It also emerged that the council's views largely over-ruled most of what the IIT senates proposed.