“ 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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Friday, June 8, 2012

209 - States like Sibal’s JEE idea, but can’t implement it - DNA

Published: Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012, 8:34 IST 
By Vineeta Pandey | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

In a setback to union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal’s plans to introduce the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE), several states have adopted an ambivalent attitude on the issue.

They have backed his idea in principle, but refused to implement it in practice.

Despite supporting the proposal for a common entrance test for admissions to central government-funded engineering institutes like Indian Institute of Technoloy, National Institute of Technology and Indian Institutes of Information Technology, most of the state governments said they would wait and watch rather jump on a quick decision as desired by the minister.

Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Chandigarh have already agreed to be part of the new JEE system from 2013 while Uttarakhand too said “yes” on Tuesday. But the bulk of states, which interestingly included Congress-ruled states like Kerala, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (ruled by UPA ally Samajwadi Party), refused to accept the new system for admissions in their state engineering colleges as of now.