“ 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

218 - One nation, one test for engineering schools - Live Mint

  • Posted: Wed, Jun 6 2012. 1:00 AM IST

Prashant K. Nanda, prashant.n@livemint.com

But for the exception of two states, India is poised to move to a single entrance test for admission to engineering colleges across the country possibly as early as next year.

This was decided at the state education ministers’ conference convened by the human resource development (HRD) ministry in the Capital on Tuesday. The country has around 4,000 engineering colleges and at least 1.5 million students enter them every year.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal said at the end of the meeting that “the proposal for a common examination process for admission to engineering programmes was supported unanimously”.

A uniform national test will reduce the demand for capitation fees that engineering institutes normally command, just as it will ease the stress on aspiring students, who otherwise have to take multiple entrance examinations. It will also diminish the influence of coaching centres on entrance preparation and re-emphasize the importance of class XII board exams across India.

Unlike the central government-funded technical institutions (CFTIs), including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs)—which are willing to begin the process from next year—most state governments prefer to roll it out from 2014.

A final decision will be made after the states submit their points of view on the starting year as well the relative weights to be accorded to the class XII results and performance in the the joint entrance examination (JEE) main and the JEE advanced exam.

Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We are in favour of a common entrance test, but in 2014. We need time to prepare ourselves and bring changes in the school board, and it will take not less than two years and also we want to give students a two-year window to adjust to the new system.”

Endorsing the move, Rajasthan education minister Brij Kishore Sharma said a common entrance will help the state board improve standards and will bring an end to capitation fees. The move is expected to have an impact on coaching schools, including those located in clusters such as Kota in the state. Sharma, however, declined to comment on the impact of the move on such schools. He said one entrance exam will allow students even from backward areas to compete at the national level and the move will reduce the money spent on having to sit for multiple entrance exams.

P.K. Shahi, Bihar’s HRD minister, said, “In principle, we support the idea of common entrance exam for engineering, but (the) IITs should not stay away from the common format.”

Assam’s Sarma and Gujarat education minister Ramanlal Vora also supported the idea that the IITs should adopt the process.
“We also support the decision of HRD (ministry) to count the marks of higher secondary for admission,” Vora said. “This, we believe, will remove regional imbalances and the urban bias in the selection procedure for IITs.”

According to the formula agreed to at the IIT and NIT council meeting on 28 May, the selection will be based on three tests—the class XII board exam, the JEE main exam and the JEE advanced exam. All the CFTIs, except the IITs, will give direct weightage to these three sets of examinations in the proportion of 40:30:30, respectively.

For the IITs, the class XII board exam and JEE main exam will work as a filter to screen students. The top 50,000 students thus screened will be eligible for admission to the IITs; their ranking, though, will be based on the advanced test that is conducted on the same day as the JEE main.

On queries raised by the states, it was clarified that the academic body to be constituted for the JEE main test will have representation from states in an appropriate manner, the HRD ministry said in a statement.

The Union government also underlined that the entrance can be conducted in a specific regional language as well.
“It was also clarified that where the state intends to join in the common test for admission to engineering institutions... exam papers would be also available in the regional language of the state in addition to English and Hindi,” the ministry statement added.

Anirudh Aggarwal, an IIT aspirant from Panchkula, said the measure will reduce stress since most students appear for six-seven different entrance exams.
But there is a risk in that the latitude for failure will be reduced. “If you don’t perform on a single day, then one whole year will be wasted,” he said.
He said that to reduce the influence of coaching institutes, schools need to provide better education. “If I can understand everything in school, then I will not go to a coaching centre,” said Aggarwal, who appeared for three entrance tests this year.

Kerala education minister P.K. Abdu Rabb, however, said that the Centre cannot impose a test on the state, to which Sibal said he wasn’t making it mandatory for the states. Although at least 20 education ministers attended the conference, neither the minister nor the secretary for West Bengal were present.