“ 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

166 - Common Test for IITs, NITs, IIITs From 2013; Aspiring Candidates Left Fuming - IB Times

Common Test for IITs, NITs, IIITs From 2013; Aspiring Candidates Left Fuming

By ambrosia sabrina | May 29, 2012 6:18 PM IST 

Candidates seeking admissions into centrally funded engineering institutions including IITs, NITs and IIITs will have to sit for a common entrance test decided by the councils of three most prestigious educational institutions in India from 2013.

Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal announced on Tuesday a common two-tier Joint Entrance Examination for admissions into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), International Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs). The new format will replace the IIT-JEE and AIEEE and will be effective the coming year onwards, the Press Trust of India said.

For admissions to IITs, the two-tier process takes into account class XII examinations which will be given 50 per cent weightage, while the remaining 50 percent will go towards the main entrance test.

Only 50,000 of the candidates who performed best will be permitted to write the advance tests held on the same day as the entrance test.

The IIT's Joint Admission Board will decide upon the nature of the advance paper and the entrance test will consist of multiple choice objective type questions.

While the main test shall be multiple choice type paper, the nature and modalities of the JEE advanced test shall be determined by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs.

"The merit only in advanced examination will be considered for admission," Sibal said according to the news service.

For the rest of the institutions incluind NITs and IIITs, 40 per cent of the weightage will be given to board exams while the performance in JEE-Main and JEE - Advanced will account for 30 percent each. This system will likely be adopted by the IIT council by 2015.

Despite the IIT selection process being different, counseling and seat allotment will be common for all the institutes, an IIT director is reported to have said.

Sibal believed that by adopting the new format, several educational concerns such as discretion in institutes and coaching discrepancies will be addressed, and that the school results may improve.

The new format was disapproved by the IIT federation who opted for a separate selection criteria.

"There is lot of resistance from the IIT system. We have accepted. They have a point of view probably I don't understand much, but they have decided to move to the other system by 2015," Sibal said according to the report.

Aspiring candidates have also voiced their disapproval for the new format and citied the forthcoming rules as unfair and a cause for confusion.

"This is absolutely wrong. How can you select IIT students on the basis of Board results? The pattern and level of Board exams is entirely different," IIT aspirant Ramesh Chandra said on Quest Tutorials, an IIT coaching website.