“ 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

215 - IIT Delhi alumni write to PM against common entrance exam - NDTV

Reported by Um-E-Kulsoom Shariff | Updated: June 06, 2012 18:44 IST

New Delhi: The alumni association of the IIT or Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has written to the Prime Minister, attacking Education Minister Kapil Sibal over his one-nation one-exam policy. The association writes that "IITs are being destroyed by mindless tampering by people in the HRD (Human Resources Development ministry)." It also warns that decisions like forcing a common entrance exam for all engineering colleges not only affect the autonomy of IITs but its world-renowned brand as well.

Reacting to the letter Kapil Sibal said, "I have not failed on my promise. This is a misrepresentation of facts. I had said even if there is one dissent in the IIT Council, I will not take the proposal forward. This is not a government decision. I am the Chairman of the (IIT) Council." The minister has the approval of four of the seven IITs:  Kharagpur, Guwahati, Roorkie and Chennai who are in favour of the new exam.

The powerful association had last week threatened to take Mr Sibal to court for impeding upon the autonomy guaranteed to the different branches of the IIT through the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961.

Last week, Mr Sibal said that there was a unanimous decision taken in consultation with the governing bodies of all centrally-funded engineering colleges to introduce a common entrance exam. There would be two stages -the main paper, and then, for those who qualify, the advanced exam. Class 12 board exams are also to count for 40%.

The IITs objected to this formula and were allowed to form their own equation. Starting next year, IITs will give equal weight (50 per cent each) to Class 12 results and to the performance of the candidate in the main exam. 50,000 shortlisted students will then move on to the advanced exam.