“ 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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Thursday, June 7, 2012

205 - States oppose different admission yardsticks for IITs - IBN Live

India | Posted on Jun 05, 2012 at 08:28pm IST

New Delhi: Almost all the states on Tuesday opposed the Centre's proposal to allow flexibility to prestigious IITs according to which they can adopt a methodology for selection and admission of students which is different from the same in NITs and IIITs.

Led by Bihar, Education Ministers of the states almost unanimously said they could not agree with a provision in the Centre's proposal that the selection criteria for candidates for the IITs would be different even as all the aspirants or IITS, IIITs and NIT will have to appear in a common test under a new format.

Considering the opposition from the Education Ministers assembled in New Delhi to discuss the proposed Common Entrance Examination, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal agreed to incorporate in the minutes of the meeting that "the states were of the opinion that IITs should also adopt the same format" as that for for IIITs and NITs.

He, however, was non-committal on accepting the states' demand as IITs are governed by a separate Act.

The meeting also saw opposition from the states, including Congress-ruled Kerala and Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh, to the Centre's proposal for a common entrance test for all engineering institutions, including the colleges under the authority of state governments, along with the tests for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs.

However, the overwhelming opinion was in support of the common test, Sibal said in his concluding remarks.

He also said flexibility is given to the states which are under no compulsion to join the common entrance test for institutes under their jurisdiction.

"The states were requested to convey their decision on the year of joining the common admission process and the relative weightages to class XII Board marks, performance in JEE-MAIN and JEE- ADVANCED by June 30 to enable preparations to be made accordingly," he said.

It was also clarified at the meeting that where a state intends to join the common test for admission to engineering institutions in the state, the exam papers would be also available in the regional language of the state in addition to English and Hindi.

West Bengal did not send their representatives to the meeting, sources said.