“ 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

225 - JEE will hurt IIT autonomy, alumni tell PM - The Hindu

JEE will hurt IIT autonomy, alumni tell PM 

NEW DELHI, June 7, 2012
Special Correspondent

Common entrance exams will undermine IITs' autonomy, taint standard of students

The Indian Institutes of Technology alumni association here has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention in keeping the IITs out of the purview of the joint entrance examination (JEE) lest it “undermine the autonomy” of the premier institutions and also “adversely impact” standards of students.

“Since you are the executive head of the country, we feel we shall be failing in our duty to the nation should we not apprise you of our concerns on this matter and earnestly expect a solution to the same in a democratic and transparent manner,” said Somnath Bharti, coordinator, IITians for IITs Autonomy and president, IIT Delhi Alumni Association.

On May 28, Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal announced a JEE for admission to all undergraduate courses in engineering including the IITs, claiming all IIT Councils had agreed to the proposal. The IIT alumni and faculty, though, have been opposing it.

Responding to the developments, Mr. Sibal said five of the seven IIT Senates — the highest decision-making bodies — had supported the proposal. The only dispute was over IITs having control over the entrance examination, which has been agreed upon. The demand that school marks be not counted in the final assessment for IIT admissions was also accepted.

The IITians for IITs Autonomy, the support group by the IIT alumni, pointed out in the letter to Dr. Singh that the institutes were created by Jawaharlal Nehru to bring technological excellence and leadership for India. “It is a matter of great pride that these institutions have lived up to his expectation and their excellence over time has been established across the world. We believe that instead of providing additional autonomy to take these institutions to a level where they can produce Nobel laureates, slowly but surely their autonomy is being destroyed because of the short-sighted approach of the HRD Ministry.”

While the Ministry was unable to address the incompetence, inefficiency, governance and standards of schools and examinations, it had taken upon itself the task of destroying the autonomy of IITs, the letter said.