“ 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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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

195 - Alumni resist JEE format change, to file PILs - Indian Express

Naveed Iqbal : New Delhi, Sat Jun 02 2012, 00:19 hrs

Alumni and faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology have decided to file public interest litigations (PIL) in “various high courts” within a week to “counter the changes in the Joint Entrance Exam (IITJEE) proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development”.

“We felt that we should try to get a hearing before June 5, prior to the meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) of MHRD,” Somnath Bharti, president of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA), said.

The association held a meeting on Friday to discuss “major concerns” with the MHRD’s decision on a common admission examination process, as communicated on May 28. The meeting was attended by members of IITDAA, Faculty Forum, All India IIT Faculty Federation and PanIIT.

The associations raised objections to the HRD Ministry’s decision to give weightage to candidates’ Class XII marks.

They said school marks should act as a cut-off and not be given any weightage. 

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had said in February that “the move will ensure that students pay equal attention to Board exams while preparing for JEE.”

The associations said MHRD’s decision to hold a common engineering entrance test, Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET), will increase pressure on students as they will have to appear for two tests for admission to IIT. They said this will also spur the “coaching industry”.

The alumni and faculty associations said IITs should retain control of ISEET.
All India IIT Faculty Federation Secretary A K Mittal said he would send their rebuttal to the MHRD proposal on Saturday.

Convenor of the meeting Somnath Bharti said, “It was felt that Sibal did not keep his promise of not going ahead with the proposed changes if anyone of the seven senates raised objections. Five of the seven senates have dissented in writing, but the MHRD still went ahead with the proposal.”

The IIT Council is an advisory body and senates are the conclusive authority in the admission process as per the IIT Act.

IIT alumni fund research projects, building of new facilities and sponsor scholarships at the institutes.