“ 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

168 - IIT alumni to lobby against new entrance test pattern 0 Two Circles

IIT alumni to lobby against new entrance test pattern

New Delhi : Upset over the new IIT joint entrance test pattern announced by the government, alumni of the institute in Delhi have decided to form lobby groups and meet the prime minister to get the decision rescinded.

In decisions taken at a meeting Friday, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi Alumni Association decided to meet the prime minister next week to submit a memorandum with objections on the new pattern, the body's president Somnath Bharti said.

The association has also decided to file public interest litigation in various high courts within a week and try to get the petition heard before June 5, the day Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is set to meet.

CABE, which has representatives from the central government and all state governments, is a key decision-making body of the human resource development ministry.

The new pattern, which combines IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination) and AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination), will be discussed in the meeting.

Somnath Bharti said senates of several IITs were not happy with the new pattern and the faculty of IIT-Kanpur had even decided to boycott the institute's convocation Saturday.

"It was felt that Mr. Sibal did not keep his promise made to different stake-holders of not going ahead (with the new pattern) if there is even one dissent and here five out of seven senates have given their dissent in writing but the human resource development ministry still went ahead," he said.

IIT-Kanpur senate will meeting on the issue Saturday.

The association demanded that senates should have the last word in taking a decision on the new pattern.

The new pattern, after the merger of AIEEE and IIT-JEE, will have two papers -- main and advance -- and will also include a fixed weightage from the class 12 board exam results.

The association, however, said school board scores should not be included in the entrance exam score, and rather a cut-off should be fixed as criteria for filling the form.

It has also decided to mobilise all senates, which are against the decision, to arrange a formal rejection of the ministry's proposal.