“ 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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Saturday, June 2, 2012

162 - Common admission system for IITs, NITs - Deccan Herald

Common admission system for IITs, NITs

New Delhi, May 28, 2012, DHNS:
Board exams marks, JEE to get equal weightage

A new common admission process for entry into undergraduate engineering programs of IITs, NITs and other centrally funded technical institutions (CFTIs), giving weightage to Class XII board examination results, will be in place from 2013. 

The announcement by Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday came after a meeting of Joint Councils of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other CIFTIs here.

The decision was taken following protracted consultations spanning over two years. Under the new  process, the admission to engineering programs will be on the basis of scores obtained in both Class XII and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), to be conducted in two parts, at an all India level.

In the new format, JEE will have two parts - JEE-Main and another JEE-Advanced. Both the exams will be conducted the same day, Sibal told the media after the meeting.

As per the format, IITs will take into account scores of Class XII and the JEE-Main for screening the aspirants and prepare the merit list only on the basis of JEE-Advanced.

The weightage for the Class XII and the JEE-Main will be 50 per cent each. The top 50,000 students will be selected for the advance test after taking into account their performance in the board and the main examination.

For all other institutions like NITs, IIITs and CIFTIs, there will be no screening.
The weightage in these institutions will be given to Class XII results (40 per cent), JEE-Main (30 per cent) and JEE-Aadvanced (30 per cent). Based on the percentage, a combined merit list will be prepared. The Class XII board marks will be normalized on percentile basis through an appropriate formula.

The JEE-Main tests will comprise multiple choice objective type paper, whereas the nature and modalities of the JEE-Advanced will be determined by the Joint Admission Board of IITs.

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IIT system would have complete control over paper setting, evaluation and preparation of the merit list, etc. over the JEE-Advanced. The CBSE would provide the administrative support for conduct of the examination, Sibal said.

For the conduct of the JEE-MAIN examination, an expanded Joint Admission Board will be constituted including the NIT, other CFTIs and state government representatives.

Sibal claimed “complete unanimity” at the meeting which was also attended by the representative of federation of teachers. He claimed that the new process would put out of business the “coaching factories” because of the weightage to be given to the Class XII board results.

“Those students who have appeared in the Class XII Board examinations in 2012 and wish to improve upon their performance can appear again for the Board examinations in 2013, arrangements would be made for this,” the minister said. 

In 2015, the process will be reviewed and complete uniformity would be considered, he added.