“ 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

219 - Common engineering entrance exam: Madhya Pradesh seeks more time to decide - TOI

INDORE: Students aspiring for admission to the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) and teachers are confused by the state government's decision seeking more time to decide on the new format of common engineering entrance exam

The Human Resources Development (HRD) has proposed a common entrance exam for the centrally-funded technical institutes, including the IITs. Sources claim, that the state might accept the new format of exams from 2013 or latest by 2014. 

On Tuesday, a meeting of the state education ministers was held in New Delhi where majority of states supported a common entrance test. Maharashtra and Gujarat have accepted to join the new admission system, while Madhya Pradesh has sought some more time to decide on the matter. The meeting concluded that the test will be in two parts — main and advanced. 

Though students will be exempted from filling multiple entrance examination forms, engineering aspirants are apprehensive about the subjective pattern being introduced in the examination for getting admission in the centrally-funded technical institutes apart from IITs and NITs. 

Sumit Sharma, one of the aspirants from the city, said, "Earlier students had the choice to appear in multiple examinations but now they will have to appear for a common test if they want to get into good institutions. Competition will be tougher as the exam would give weightage to board exam and the subjective section of the paper." 

Earlier, subjective pattern was not a part of the examination to get into engineering colleges, he added. Another student said, "Now, the examination standard would be higher as 30% weightage will be given to subjective question paper." The new pattern will give more weightage to board exams and those aspiring to get into IITs will have to perform excellently in advanced section of the JEE. 

Atil Arora, centre director, FIIT JEE, Indore said, "The main part will be an objective examination while advanced will be subjective and application based. About 40% weightage will be given to board results while 30% weightage for main and advanced part. To get into the IITs, weightage will solely be given to the performance in advanced section of the JEE." 

Now the coaching centres too have started to make changes in their teaching pattern as till now, they were offering separate classes to students appearing for the IIT-JEE and AIEEE. 

"Private colleges are excluded from the new pattern. Those who are going to take admission in them will have to fill separate application form," said Sumit Upmanyu, director, Catalyser.