“ 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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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

153 - 50% weightage to XII results for admission in IIT - News Bullet

50% weightage to XII results for admission in IIT  - News Bullet

STAR News Bureau
Monday, 28 May 2012 18:41

New Delhi: Government has proposed a new formula for admission to engineering colleges, including IITs, across the country that seeks to eliminate or at least minimise the influence of private coaching institutes. Instead of basing the entire admission process on one grand Joint Entrance Exam or the JEE, the new system proposes to take into consideration the results of Class XII board exam as well in equal weightage.

According to the proposal, for the entrance to IITs, 50% weightage will be given to Class XII results and rest 50% will be the result of the JEE. On the basis of this, there will be a screening and selected students will then appear for what is being called JEE Advance from which the final selection will be made.

For Non-IIT, Indian Institute of Information technology and the centrally funded engineering colleges, 40% weightage will be for Class XII results, 30% will be for JEE and remaining 30% for Advance JEE. There will be no screening here and on the aggregate of the three, merit list will be formed.

The Union Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibbal has long argued that the flourishing private coaching industry is a senseless conveyer belt type production where students are trained how to pass the JEE and not become good engineers. 

Sibbal feels giving weightage to school education will not only reduce the influence of the coaching institutes, it will also add more seriousness to the school curriculum. The proposal also seeks to help the poor students who can not afford the massive fees charged by the coaching institutes.

The single entrance examination test will be held for admission into central government’s engineering institutes such as IITs, NIT and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) from the next year.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, “IIT, NIT and IIIT council decide to have joint entrance test for engineering colleges. IIT had resisted having a joint test with other institutions. This is why a two tier system has been evolved.

Also, the joint council of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have decided to change the procedure for selecting candidates for engineering colleges from 2013.

The new proposals will be implemented from 2013.