“ 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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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

159 - From 2013, class 12 results may become crucial for entry to IITs - India Today

159 - From 2013, class 12 results may become crucial for entry to IITs - India Today 

Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal has come up with a new formula for the selection of students for the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) proposing new guidelines for its entrance test.

Sibal on Monday said that the test for IITs would have three elements from next year giving weight in equal proportion to senior secondary school results.
The HRD minister called the move important as students were losing interest in class 12 boards and not preparing seriously as they concentrated on the IIT entrance test.

He said the new move has been discussed at the council level and the central government had also consulted state education ministers on the issue. The move is aimed at reigniting interest of students in board exams.

Sibal said the idea came after he met the members of IIT council to discuss the means to reduce stress on students appearing for the entrance test. He said the proposed moves were being taken after going through board exam patterns for the last four years.

"One of the fundamentals of any examination is to reduce the stress... We have analysed board examinations for the last four years... We are also in process to consult the state ministers," Sibal said.