“ 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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Sunday, June 3, 2012

178 - Kapil Sibal defends new IIT entrance exam system - India Today

Headlines Today Bureau   |   HEADLINES TODAY  |   New Delhi, May 31, 2012 | UPDATED 22:07 IST

Under fire from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on his idea of conducting combined entrance test with other premier engineering institutes, Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday defended the government decision saying it was taken unanimously in consultation with the concerned councils.

"It is a unanimous decision taken by the government. The IIT Council, along with the NIT Council and IIIT Council have unanimously taken this decision," Sibal said.

"To say that it is a government decision is completely wrong. Government does not get involved in policy decisions that IIT Council take," he added.

Sibal's explanation came after the IIT Faculty Federation shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly opposing the move. The Federation has got support from former IITians. The alumni association said it was looking at legal options to oppose the move.

Federation secretary A.K. Mittal, who wrote to the prime minister on the issue, said, "We feel cheated. Despite promising us that no steps will be taken if there is any dissent, the HRD minister has gone ahead with his plans."

Renowned IIT mentor from Bihar, Anand Kumar, highlighted the practical problems in introducing the new format of entrance exams for admission.

"This is a very complicated process that has been introduced which will be tough for the students of the rural areas to crack. The advanced test and the main test will be conducted together and this will add to the pressure on students," Kumar said.

The ex-IITians feel one test would also downgrade the importance of the premier institutes. Students have also voiced their opposition to Sibal's decision saying it would only add to the burden on the students of standard 12.