“ 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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Sunday, June 10, 2012

241 - ‘Uncertainty on JEE pattern to affect IIT aspirants next year’ - TOI


TNN | Jun 10, 2012, 02.30AM IST

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Confusion over the HRD ministry's plan for an all-inclusive common engineering test is likely to deepen ahead of IIT senate meetings tentatively scheduled for the third week of June for Delhi and July for Bombay. IIT Roorkee director Pradipta Banerji said he and others were concerned about the impact of the ongoing confusion on aspiring candidates. "This uncertainty is extremely unfair to the students who will be sitting for the exam in 2013." 

A senior faculty member said it might be too late for the students aiming for engineering entrance next year to re-orient themselves. "If this new format is a disaster it will be because of this confusion and discussion that is putting undue stress on students," he said. 

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on May 28 had announced that from 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will take a single, reformatted common entrance test. He had said class XII board results would also be factored in. Sibal had claimed it was approved without dissent at the IIT Council meeting and had the backing of the senates of four of the seven IITs. "The council consists of the IITs, the IIITs and the NITs. There was not a single dissent. It was unanimously adopted. Therefore, I went forward," he had said. 

The IIT-Bombay's senate, which met before the HRD ministry's announcement last Monday, had put forth three main recommendations: the new exam must not be rolled out in 2013, that Class XII must not be accounted for and that the JEE-advanced exam must be subjective in nature. "However there is a clear divide between the IIT-B senate and the ministry. We have not yet decided which way the institute will go, but clearly none of our recommendations have been considered," said a faculty federation member. Vacations are on and with most teachers travelling; the IIT-B senate has decided to convene in early July and take a final call on whether to bow to the ministry's proposal or to go their own "independent autonomous way", said a faculty member. 

Sources in IIT Kharagpur senate said that so far there had been no opposition to HRD's decision, but the senate may reconsider its decision following the growing opinion against the common test. 

IIT Delhi director R K Shevgaonkar added there would be no difficulty in implementing the new format. Sources said that while not all IIT directors may have agreed with the decision wholeheartedly, now that a final decision has been made, efforts should be made to implement it. There was mixed reaction from the coaching institutes. Though FIITJEE director R L Trikha believes that these developments won't affect his students adversely, he said that Sibal's effort for a common exam for engineering colleges had been defeated. 

"So far we have not received any queries from the students. This is more because our teaching methodology is pattern proof and so whatever pattern be the exam be the students are comfortable. But the real issue is that Sibal's dream of one common exam has been defeated. He has managed just to do away with one exam by merging AIEEE with that of the IIT JEE. What about the dozens of other entrance exams? One IIT senate has already taken a bold step and other may follow soon," said Trikha, an alumni of IIT, Kanpur. 

According to TIME, another coaching centre, there is no confusion and the institute is preparing students as per the HRD directives for the common entrance test. "Currently the students are not at all concerned with the news that IIT Kanpur is going to conduct its own entrance test. The news is just 24 hour old and we are preparing the students for last so many months. Moreover, we are convinced that how can a senate of IIT override the decisions of HRD ministry?" said vice president, TIME, Ajay Anthony. 

(With inputs from Himanshi Dhawan, Hemali Chhapia & Manash Pratim Gohain)