“ 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

190 - IITs, NITs, IIITs upset with common entrance test, to move HC - Zimbio

By reporterindia on June 2, 20122012-06-02 00:06:40 | From reporterindia.com

Strongly opposing the new format for admission to IITs and other central institutes from 2013, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni association have decided to take the Union Human Resource Development(HRD) ministry to court. The association will be moving the Delhi High Court on Monday.

In a meeting on Friday, the alumni and faculty members of institutions like the IIT, NIT and IIIT have decided to file a PIL against the common engineering test – a decision which they claim the ministry took without consulting them.

Faculty members from IIT Kanpur are also planning to boycott the institute’s convocation ceremony on Saturday as a mark of protest.

The association have also decided to form a lobby group and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh objecting the move.

The association contended that HRD Minister Kapil Sibal did not keep his promise made to different stakeholders of not going ahead with the new format if there is even one dissent from the IIT senates.

While the new format seeks to give weightage to the class XII results under a two-tier format in deciding the merit list, the association underlined that the school marks should act as a cut off and not given any weightage.

The new format proposed for admission to the undergraduate programmes of IITs and other centrally funded institutes like NITs and IIITs will replace the IIT-JEE and AIEEE.

Students will sit for a main test and an advance test conducted on the same day.
For admission to all the centrally funded institutes, there would be 40 percentage weightage for performance in Class XII (after normalisation of marks), 30 per cent weightage to performance in main and 30 per cent in the advanced test.

In case of IITs, there would be a filtering process involved. The board results and the main test will be given 50 per cent weightage each. Only the top 50,000 students will be selected for the advance test after taking into account their performance in the board results and the main result.

The merit only in advanced examination will be considered for admission” to the IITs.

With Additional Inputs from Agencies