“ 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

156 - Single test for engineering courses from 2013 - News Track India

Single test for engineering courses from 2013 

New Delhi,Education, Mon, 28 May 2012

A meeting of the Joint Councils of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other central educational institutions approved the conduct of a common admission examination in its meeting Monday.

The meeting was presided over by Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal.

The common national test will remove the multiplicity of entrance examinations that a student intending to pursue a course in engineering has to appear in.

'The burden imposed on students in terms of time, payment of examination fees and the stress caused in scheduling and preparing for each examination is tremendous. We have been working on reforms in the examination system by moving towards a common national test to reduce the burden on the students and at the same time preserving the autonomy of the state governments and institutions in devising its admission process,' an official said.

The official said that another 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. Parents and children have been forced to seek access to outside-the-school instruction methods to enable the student to prepare for the multitude of entrance examinations,' he said.

'The proposed reform attempts to bring focus back to the schooling system by giving weightage to performance in Class 12 board examinations normalized on percentile basis. The reform would, in the longer term, have an impact on the quality of secondary education and enable better quality access,' he said.

A Joint Entrance Examination for admission to the undergraduate programmes in engineering would be conducted in two parts, JEE-MAIN and JEE-ADVANCED.

For all other centrally funded institutions, there would be 40 percent weightage for performance in Class XII Board marks, 30 percent weightage for performance in JEE-MAIN and 30 percent weightage in JEE-ADVANCED and a combined merit decided accordingly.

JEE-MAIN tests shall be multiple choice objective type paper whereas the nature and modalities of the JEE-ADVANCED shall be determined by the Joint Admission Board of IITs.

A meeting of state education ministers' is proposed for June 5 where the participation of states in the common national test process would be deliberated upon.