“ 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

211 - States leave Sibal Red Faced over JEE - Daily Pioneer

2011 - States leave Sibal Red Faced over JEE - Daily Pioneer


The day-long State Education Ministers’ Conference spelt major embarrassment for HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday. A week after the announcement of one-nation-one-test pattern for engineering entrance for IITs and other Centrally-funded institutes, many States have expressed serious reservations over the format.

Sources said to voice its protest UPA coalition partner Trinamool Congress did not even send Education Minister of West Bengal for the meet.

The States opposed the proposal to allow flexibility to IITs so that they could adopt a methodology for selection and admission, which was different from NITs and IIITs.

Ministers of many States led by Bihar Education Minister PK Shahi pointed that they could not accept the HRD Ministry’s proposal that the selection criteria for candidates for the IITs would be different while all the aspirants either for IITs or IIITs, NIT and Centrally-funded technical institutes would have to appear in a common test under a new format. The meeting also saw strong opposition from Uttar Pradesh.

Considering the opposition from the Education Ministers assembled to discuss the proposed Common Entrance Examination, Sibal immediately 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 IIITs and NITs. He, however, was non-committal on accepting the States’ demand as IITs are governed by a separate Act.

Following the growing resentment, the HRD Ministry asked the respective State/UT Governments to give their affirmation on joining or rejecting the system for JEE-2013 by June 30, 2012.

The real embarrassment for the HRD Minister came when Congress-ruled States of Kerala and Assam raised objections when Sibal read out the final consensus report. The Ministers of these two States asked why there was a need for this exercise and whether the Centre was making it mandatory for the States to join the pattern. He was then joined by UP and Bihar Education Ministers.
Sibal clarified at the meeting that where a State intended 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.

The HRD Ministry also had to concede to the demand of representations of the participating States in the Academic Body to be constituted for the JEE-Main test in an appropriate manner.

Earlier in the day a presentation on the proposed reforms was made by IIT Kanpur Director Sanjay G Dhande, IIT-Guwahati Director Gautam Barua and IIT-Kharagpur Director Damodar Acharya.

The States, which fully agreed to the new system, were Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra and Goa. The representative from Maharashtra stated that consultation with various stakeholders had been organised by the State Government and the response were in support of the common test.
Gujarat Education Minister Ramanlal Vora said his State would comply with the Ministry of HRD if the question paper were in Gujarati.

Present in the conference were Minister of State for HRD E Ahamed, 20 Ministers of Education representing various State Governments and Union Territories, Department of School Education & Literacy Secretary Anshu Vaish, Higher Education Secretary Ashok Thakur, IIT Directors, heads of autonomous institutions, and senior officials of the Central and State Governments.

Later a presentation on the draft Bill for establishment of IIITs and the implementation of the Scheme for IIITs on public-private partnership mode were also made. Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Archana Chitnis presented the Report of the Group of Ministers on the “Concept and Frame work of the Community College Scheme” in the conference. The Report was unanimously accepted by the States and UTs. Other agendas in the conference included recommendations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for adoption of accounting standards for educational institutions, two years of RTE-SSA etc.