“ 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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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

200 - IITs, NITs, and IIITs planning to file PIL against Common Entrance Exam -

The Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other central institutes are opposing the new entrance exam format introduced by HRD ministry. The new format will be implemented from 2013 and IIT alumni association is all set to drag Union Human Resource Development Ministry to court over this issue. The association in thinking to file a PIL in High Court soon.

The alumni and faculty members of institutions like IIT, NIT and IIIT are planning to file a PIL against common engineering test. They are thinking to file this PIL because they claim that ministry has taken this decision without asking for their opinion.

IIT Kanpur's faculty members are thinking to boycott the institute's convocation ceremony to show their protest against this new exam format. They are also thinking to form a lobby group and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue.

The association said that HRD Minister Kapil Sibal did not keep his words which he said to different stakeholders of not going ahead with new format if there is even single disapproval from the IIT senates.

According to the new format, it will give weightage to class XII result under a two-tier format. While preparing the final merit list 40% weightage will be given to Class XII board marks. The association suggested that the school marks should be used as a cut-off and not given any weightage at the time of preparing merit list. This new exam format is proposed for undergraduate programmes of IITs and other centrally funded institutes such as NITs and IIITs will replace the premier IIT-JEE and AIEEE entrance exam. As per the new format students will sit in main test and advance test conducted on the same day.