“ 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

217 - IIT alumni oppose new entrance exam - Deccan Herald

New Delhi, June 1, 2012, DHNS:
The alumni association of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on Friday opposed the recent decision to change the format of the entrance exam to get into IITs. 

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday had announced plan to conduct a common engineering entrance test from 2013 for engineering and science institutions funded by the Central government.

In a meeting, members of the alumni association, All India IIT faculty federation, PanIIT and IIT alumni of Kharagpur stated that the complete control of the IIT examination should remain with IIT, like the existing pattern.

Members of the faculty federation have recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing their opposition to the plan.

“School marks should act as a cut-off and not given any weightage. Stress on school board, JEE (main) and JEE (advance) will only increase the pressure on students rather than taking that off and further propel the coaching industry by manifolds,” was unanimously said in the meeting.

Sibal, in response to the growing opposition from the IIT’s to the common entrance test, stated that the IIT council along with the council of National Institute of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) had unanimously taken the decision.

“Senates of IITs should have the final say on the new pattern and can not be overridden by IIT council,” said a member. All India IIT Faculty Federation secretary A K Mittal stated that they would send their rebuttal to the proposal on June 2. Mittal and Sanjiv Sanghi, president faculty forum, will communicate with various IIT senates and arrange formal rejection of the May 28 proposal of  the HRD Ministry.

“We have decided that the IIT alumni will form a lobby group to meet the prime minister and submit a memorandum to apprise him with the objections in three-four days. PILs will be filed in various High Courts within a week,” said the member. It was unanimously decided to demand a status quo till 2014.

The exam will be known as ISEET, the first common entrance test for engineering colleges of the country to enroll students in bachelor programmes. The ministry is all set to do away with the two well-known engineering exams AIEEE and IIT-JEE from next year. The ISEET main and advance exam will carry 60 per cent weightage, and 40 per cent will be given to Class XII board exam scores.