“ 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

220 - States lash out at 'elitist' IITs - India Today

Ritika Chopra   |   MAIL TODAY  |   New Delhi, June 6, 2012 | UPDATED 15:24 IST

The IITs came in for sharp criticism by the states on Tuesday for their "conditional" acceptance of the government's 'One Nation One Test' proposal.

At the conference of state education ministers organised by the human resource development (HRD) ministry, the states of Assam and Bihar just stopped short of calling the IITs elitist. And they also made sure that HRD minister Kapil Sibal had their comments included in the minutes of the meeting.

The opinions of the two education ministers assume significance as two of the 15 institutes - IIT-Guwahati and IIT-Patna - are in Assam and Bihar.

Gujarat threatened to withdraw support to the common entrance test for engineering if the IITs were not wholeheartedly onboard.

All the states endorsed the common engineering entrance test, though most did not commit to coming on board immediately.

They have been given time till June 30 to inform the ministry when (2013 or 2014) they would join the test.

"The IITs must submit to the will of the people. The state has helped them with resources and they cannot conveniently decide to work in isolation once they turn self-sufficient," Himanta Biswa Sharma, education minister of Assam, said.

P.K. Shahi, Bihar education minister, asked: "Why are they objecting to a proposal that will benefit a large number of students?"