“ 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

186 - IIT professors reject Sibal's version of entrance scheme - MSN

Updated: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:43:53 GMT | By Headlines Today Bureau, IndiaToday

The HRD ministry has recently announced a new format for the IIT entrance.

New Delhi: Professors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been openly opposing Centre's decision to implement a new system for the entrance to these premier engineering institutes.

A day after the IIT Faculty Federation wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly opposing Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal's move, a professor of IIT Roorkee voiced against the implementation of the new system from next year.

Dr Kamal Jain of the institute said, "Whoever has proposed this, obviously has never sat for an IIT exam or has no idea on how the IIT functions... (because of the new system) the pressure on students will increase."

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

Even as Sibal came under fire from IITs on his idea of conducting combined entrance test for admission to the premier institutes, he defended the government decision saying it was unanimously taken by the government and various councils, including the IIT Council, NIT Council and IIIT Council.