“ 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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Monday, June 4, 2012

183 - IIT alumni association to move HC, opposes common entrance test

Published by: Rupa Singh 
Published on: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 at 12:00 IST

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni association will move to the Delhi High Court on Monday against the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry in order to oppose the new format for admission to IITs and other central institutes from 2013.

As per the reports, the association is disappointed as they claim that the ministry took the decision without consulting them. The alumni and faculty members of institutions like the IIT, NIIT and IIT have decided to file a PIL against the common engineering test.

Sources say that the association will form a lobby group and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the issue. 

Reports reveal that IIT Kanpur faculty members will also protest against this new format by boycotting the institute’s convocation ceremony on Saturday. 

According to the association HRD Minister Kapil Sibal failed to keep his promise of not going ahead with the new format if a single dissent from IIT senates. 

Recently the HRD ministry announced a new format for the IIT entrance under which the plus two board results of the candidates would be taken into consideration. Under the format, from admission to all centrally-funded institutes, there would be 40 percent weight for performance in class XII, 30 percent weight to perform in main and 30 percent in the advanced test.