“ 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

212 - State Education Ministers support proposal for common exam for engineering courses - Net Indian

NetIndian News Network
New Delhi, June 5, 2012

A conference of Education Ministers of all States and Union Territories today unanimously supported the proposal for a common examination process for admission to undergraduate programmes in institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Central educational institutions.

The proposal, announced on May 28, is for a common entrance examination for these colleges from 2013 through a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) that wil be conducted in two parts, JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced, with weightage given to performance in the Class XII Board examinations.

Under the proposal, the Class XII Board/equivalent marks normalized on percentile basis through an appropriate formula plus the marks obtained in the JEE-Main examination, with equal weightage, would be used by IITs for purposes of gating/screening. 

Only a fixed number of candidates (five times the number of the seats for admission in the IIT system or a pre-fixed cut-off) screened on the basis of merit assessed on the basis of cumulative score of normalized School Board marks and performance in JEE-Main examination would be eligible to be considered for admission. 

The ranking for admission to undergraduate programmes in IITs would be based entirely on the performance in the JEE-Advanced examination from amongst the candidates screened through this process. 

For all other Centrally funded Institutions, there would be 40% weightage for performance in Class XII Board marks normalized on percentile basis through an appropriate formula, 30% weightage for performance in JEE-Main and 30% weightage in JEE-Advanced and a combined merit decided accordingly. 

JEE-Main tests shall be multiple choice objective type paper whereas the nature and modalities of the JEE-Advanced shall be determined by the Joint Admission Board of IITs. 

The proposed changes will be effective from the year 2013 and both CFTIs and CBSE would work jointly. 

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IIT system would have complete control on matters such as paper setting, evaluation and preparation of the merit list, etc. over the JEE-Advanced and CBSE would provide the administrative support for conduct of the examination. 

Today's meeting, presided over by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, held detailed deliberations on the proposal.

Others present at the meeting included Minister of State for Human Resource Development E Ahamed, Education Ministers of 20 States and Union Territories, Ms Anshu Vaish, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Mr Ashok Thakur, Secretary, Higher Education, Prof. Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, IIT-Kanpur, Prof. Damodar Acharya, Director, IIT-Kharagpur, Prof. Gautam Barua, Director, IIT-Guwahati, heads of autonomous institutions, and senior officials of the Central and State Governments were present. 

According to an official press release, Prof Dhande made a presentation on the reforms proposed in the entrance examinations for admission to engineering institutions. He explained in detail the process adopted in consulting various stakeholders and the details of the decision arrived at the meeting of the Joint Council of IITs, NITs and IIITs in its meeting on May 28.

The percentile normalisation process and the modalities for organisation of the common test were explained by Directors of IIT-Guwahati, Prof Gautam Barua and IIT-Kharagpur, Prof Damodar Acharya. 

The representative from Maharashtra stated that a consultation with various stakeholders had been organised by the State Government, where the overwhelming opinion was in support of the common test. The Minister from Gujarat stated that they have written to the Central Government supporting the common test.

It was explained that States would have the freedom to join in the common examination system and have the autonomy to determine their own relative weightages to normalized Class XII Board marks, performance in JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. 

On queries raised by States, it was clarified that the academic body to be constituted for the JEE-Main test would have representation from States in an appropriate manner. It was also clarified that where the State intends to join in the common test for admission to engineering institutions in the State, the examination papers would be also available in the regional language of the State in addition to English and Hindi. 

On a query raised on the syllabus for the JEE-Main, it was clarified that the Council of all Boards of Secondary Education had, in 2010, adopted a core curriculum in Sciences and Mathematics and the examination would be based on the core curriculum so adopted. 

The States were of the opinion that IITs should also adopt the same format as other central educational institutions in the longer term. The States were requested to convey their decision on the year of joining in the common admission process and the relative weightages to normalized Class XII Board marks, performance in JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced by June 30  to enable preparations to be made accordingly. 

The proposed common examination system seeks to address the concern in society caused by the multiplicity of entrance examinations that a student intending to pursue a course in engineering has to appear for.

The burden imposed on the students in terms of time, payment of examination fees and the stress caused in scheduling and preparing for each examination is tremendous. The students have to perforce restrict their choice of institutions for which they can compete. 

The Government has been working on reforms in the examination system by moving towards a common national test to reduce the burden on the students and at the same time preserving the autonomy of the State Governments and institutions in devising its admission process. 

Another serious problem with the present system is the neglect of the Class XII examination process while admitting students to engineering institutions. This has led to the almost complete disregard to the secondary school system and neglect of education imparted in schools, impacting quality and access. 

Parents and children have been forced to seek access to outside-the-school instruction methods to enable the student to prepare for the multitude of entrance examinations. The proposed reform attempts to bring focus back to the schooling system by giving weightage to performance in Class XII Board examinations normalized on percentile basis.