“ 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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Saturday, June 9, 2012

233 - Common entrance examination a breach of trust: IIT Kanpur faculty federation Economic Times

Common entrance examination a breach of trust: IIT Kanpur faculty federation
NEW DELHI: With the IIT alumni all set to take the government and IIT Council to court over the common entrance examination, the institutes' faculty federation has stepped up its attack as well. The IIT Kanpur faculty federation on Sunday said that the IIT Council's green signal to new common entrance examination was a "breach of trust". They stressed that any new system should not be introduced before 2014.

"For students aspiring to appear in JEE 2013, the IIT Council proposal is a breach of trust. Both the processes and content of the new examination will not be clear to them any time soon because work on details has not even been initiated.In no case should any new system be introduced before 2014," the federation said in a statement.

"The examination announced by the HRD Ministry is a unilateral decision of IIT Council against the advice and decisions of IIT-Kanpur Senate, which has the prerogative of deciding its admission criteria," the statement said.

It said the format announced is a "piecemeal patch-work" with "serious academic and organisational lacunae" in each of the components of the test. "It has the potential of becoming a national disaster if not opposed by all stakeholders at this stage."

Clearing the air the federation said that while a large number of admission tests are certainly undesirable, a single test on the other hand would be more harmful as it is likely to lead to much more stress, and it can become unfair to a large number of students because of contingent uncertainties.The IIT-Kanpur faculty federation felt using school board marks through percentile based normalisation as proposed under the new format is untested, and based on questionable hypothesis.

"In fact, the procedure has not been fully endorsed even by the expert committee that was consulted for the purpose. Furthermore, making the board marks count numerically will put undesirable stress on fairness of examinations and uniformity of standards across different school boards," it said.

Observing that students are victims of a bad school system, the federation said attributing failure of the schooling system to engineering admission tests is to abrogate the responsibility of improving it.

"The new format is a retrograde step and reverses the continuous churning within the IIT system to improve its admission process academically. The decision to effect the changes, that too from 2013, against all academic advice, reeks of executive brinkmanship with the sole aim of hogging the limelight for reforms credit," the federation said.

The IIT Alumni Association has decided to file public interest litigations in various high courts within the week. The association would ideally like to ensure that petitions are filed and a stay obtained by June 6, which is when the Central Advisory Board of Education will be meeting. The common entrance examination system will be taken up at the CABE meeting on Wednesday and at the State Education Ministers' meet to be held on Tuesday. A stay ahead of the CABE meeting would be a big blow for Sibal's "one nation, one examination" proposal. It is for this reason that the Association has planned to file in several high courts. This could also mean that the matter will be taken up at the level of the Supreme Court, giving the protest an even higher visibility and profile.