“ 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

169 - IIT alumni to move court against CET - The Hindu

IIT alumni to move court against CET NEW DELHI, June 2, 2012

A scene at an IIT-Joint Entrance Exam centre in Chennai. Centre's decision to replace JEE with a common entrance examination has evoked mixed response. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan 

‘Emphasis on weightage to school board results and JET will add to pressure on students'

The alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi will move the court against the Union government's decision to hold a common entrance test for admission to undergraduate engineering courses from 2013.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the IIT-Delhi Alumni Association here on Friday. The participants expressed fears that the emphasis on weightage to the school board results and the Joint Entrance Examination (Main and Advance), proposed under the new format, would add to the pressure on students rather than reduce it.

Within a week, the alumni will file public interest litigation petitions in various High Courts, so that they could be heard before June 5, when the Central Advisory Board of Education will meet.

The meeting demanded that status quo be maintained till 2014 and said the new system would result in further mushrooming of coaching centres.

The association said it should be allowed full control of the examination and admission and school marks should act as a cut-off and not given any weightage. 

The new system has also been rejected by the All-India IIT Faculty Federation.
The new system was announced on May 28, after a meeting of the Joint Councils of the IITs, the National Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology with the Federation of Faculty of the IITs. Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal chaired the meeting.

The association, representing more than two lakh graduates of the IITs, said the government had “no right to impose a common entrance exam on the IITs.”
The association and the Faculty Federation sought more time to discuss the implications of the new system and said the IIT Senates should have the final say and their decision could not be overridden by the IIT Council.
The alumni have planned to meet the Prime Minister.

“HRD Minister Kapil Sibal did not keep his promise, made to different stakeholders, of not going ahead if there is even one dissent, and here 5 out of 7 Senates have given their dissent in writing, but the HRD [Ministry] still went ahead. The IIT Council is an advisory body for admission process, and [the] Senates enjoy the conclusive authority over the admission process as per the IIT Act,” they said in a statement.