“ 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

244 - More IITs including IIT Bombay may go against common entrance test - Economic Times

9 JUN, 2012, 07.10PM IST, IANS 

NEW DELHI: IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay are likely to emulate Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur which has decided to hold its own entrance test after rejecting HRD Minister Kapil Sibal's 'one nation, one test' proposal. 

A member of the IIT Delhi senate, who did not wish to be named, told IANS that IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay -- possibly other IITs also -- may soon follow IIT Kanpur's example. 

"There is a common sentiment, and most IITs are against the new pattern," the member said. 

"This was virtually forced on the senates by the IIT council," he said about the common entrance test. 

In a clear revolt against the human resource development ministry's move for a common engineering entrance test, IIT Kanpur Friday decided to hold its own entrance test from 2013. 

Upset with the ministry's decision to merge IIT Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) with the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), the 210-member senate of IIT Kanpur passed a resolution rejecting the new format. 

Even though there is no official reaction from the HRD ministry, a senior official said the senate could not overrule the IIT council. 

IIT Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA), which has been spearheading the battle against the new format, is set to meet Saturday evening to decide on the future strategy. 

"What IIT Kanpur did is the right thing... the senates have been overruled in taking the decision," IITDAA president Somnath Bharti said. 

He questioned the government decision, saying it would adversely affect the quality of the IITs. 

"The senates need to be given more autonomy. The IITs have to compete with international engineering institutes like the MIT ( Massachusetts Institute of Technology). For the students who cannot afford going to international institutions, IITs are the only option," he said. 

"Instead of giving more facilities to the IITs so that they can compete internationally, the government is pulling them down," he said.