“ 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

221 - Govt rejects criticism of decision to have common IIT-JEE test - Business Standard

Press Trust of India / New Delhi June 06, 2012, 19:55

Government today rejected criticism of the decision to have a common IIT-JEE examination from next year, saying it was approved without dissent at the IIT Council meeting and had the backing of the senates of four of the seven Indian Institutes of Technology.

As IIT alumni wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining against the move, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal termed it as "complete misrepresentation of facts" by them.

He told reporters that he had categorically said at the IIT council meeting that if "there is a single dissent" he will not go ahead with the proposal.

"The council consists of the IITs, the IIITs and the NITs. There was not a single dissent. It was unanimously adopted. Therefore, I went forward," the Minister said.

"I had also said the views of the senate would be taken into account. And will not move forward till their views are taken into account. Their views were taken into account," he said.

Last week, Sibal had announced that from 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under new a format of common entrance test which will also take plus two board results into consideration.

This was not a government decision and all directors of IIT, NIT, and IIIT sitting together unanimously said that "this was a right decision," Sibal said.

"There is a statute. Under the statute, there is a council. And a decision is taken under the statute by the council. I, as the Minister, happened to be the chairman of the council," he said.

Sibal said out of seven, four senates agreed to the decision formally. Senates points were taken into account.
"Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkie were the four supporters of it. Incidentally, as far as Bombay is concerned, they also supported," he said.