“ 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

249 - Coaching institutes eye business opportunity in revamped engineering entrance plan Devina Sengupta, ET Bureau Jun 8, 2012, 05.10AM IST - Economic Times

249 - Coaching institutes eye business opportunity in revamped engineering entrance plan Devina Sengupta, ET Bureau
Jun 8, 2012, 05.10AM IST - Economic Times

BANGALORE: Private coaching institutes are eyeing a business opportunity in the government's decision to have a common engineering test. They have begun to alter their training modules in an attempt to attract younger students.

"Earlier, students would look at class XII exams as a mere qualification for the joint entrance examination (JEE) and All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) but now, they have to become more serious," says Pramod Maheshwari, director, Career Point.

 The 20-year-old training centre based in Kota, Rajasthan, is betting on school students to increase enrolment rate by 20% next year. Career Point coached 30,000 students last year and admissions for this year are on.

The institute moved in for the kill in January itself, when there when there was a buzz around the government creating a single entrance examination that paid heed to board examination marks. It began enrolling students with the new objective of helping them secure the maximum marks possible in board examinations.

"We will now coach them on scoring above 90% and not just 70%. Our fees will increase from 2013 by 15% as well from Rs 50,000 per annum," says Maheshwari.

The Union HRD ministry recently replaced multiple examinations like the IIT-JEE and AIEEE with a single entrance examination to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

 Under the new rule, students will have to appear for two admission tests on the same day - JEE Main and JEE Advanced, and the merit list will take into account board examination marks as well as the two admission tests.
In 2012, nearly 5 lakh students appeared for the IIT-JEE examination to test their luck in 15 IITs while 11 lakh took the AIEEE for a foothold into NITs and other engineering colleges.

Coaching institutes see their pot of gold in increased student numbers. CL Educate, for instance, expects it to go up to 5,000 by FY14 from the current 2,000. "A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the market for engineering tutorial examination is around Rs 500 crore and in all possibility, will double in the next year," says Gautam Puri, MD. At least half of the 11 lakh students who appear for the AIEEE and the 5 lakh who take the IIT-JEE go in for private coaching, he says.

Since it is not clear if the new pattern will accept scores in physics, chemistry and mathematics or include other subjects as well, coaching centres like Career Point plan to give tuitions in the languages as well.

However, some institutes are walking the thin edge, wondering whether the new decision on entrance tests will eat into their niche offerings. Patna-based Super 30, for instance, only takes 30 students from underprivileged backgrounds who are sure-shot IIT successes. If the government considers such students' Class XII scores, it may be in a bit of a spot.

Most of the students come from rural backgrounds where the emphasis on languages, for instance, is nil. "We hope they give us sample papers because it has now become a matter of survival," says founder Anand Kumar.