“ 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

154 - IIT, other tech colleges to have single entrance - Hindu Businessline

IIT, other tech colleges to have single entrance 

The admission process for centrally-funded engineering colleges is set to get stream-lined with single entrance examination starting from the 2013-14 academic year.

The councils of the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), International Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) have agreed to give equal weightage to Class XII marks and entrance tests results.
The decisions were approved at a meeting presided by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr Kapil Sibal, on Monday.

“A serious problem with the present system is the neglect of the Class XII examination process while admitting students to engineering institutions. This has led to the almost complete disregard to the secondary school system and neglect of education imparted in schools impacting quality and access,” a Press Information Bureau (PIB) release said.

Following consultations spanning over two years, the councils have decided to divide the entrance exam into two parts – Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains and JEE-Advanced.

While students would be required to appear for both tests, they would need to clear the cut-off in the JEE-Mains to qualify for having their JEE-Advanced paper evaluated.

The combined marks of Class XII exam (50 per cent) and the JEE-Mains exam would be used by IITs to screen students before the JEE-Advanced papers are assessed.

However, the rankings for admissions would be based solely on the performance at the JEE-Advanced exam.
“The multiplicity of entrance examinations that a student intending to pursue a course in engineering has to appear for has been a cause of concern to society,” the release added.

The State Education Ministers are likely to meet on June 5 to consider whether or not they would like to join the common national test process.