“ 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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Monday, June 11, 2012

251 - IIT-Kanpur defies Sibal; will have own exam from 2013 - Rediff

Last updated on: June 8, 2012 23:53 IST

In what is seen as a flat rebuff to Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal's proposal to bring about major changes in the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination, IIT-Kanpur on Friday decided to hold its independent entrance test from the next session.

A decision to that effect was taken by the IIT senate, which is the highest decision making body of the country's premier engineering school, widely known for its landmark achievements right since its inception in the 1950s.

It is learnt that the meeting was attended by around 75 of the 210-member senate. And they unanimously resolved to hold a separate examination for entrance to IIT-Kanpur.

The meeting also decided to constitute a committee for conducting such an examination.

Significantly, if the institute manages to finally have its way, IIT-Kanpur would be creating history by deviating from the traditional practice of a joint entrance examination for all IITs.

It would be like reverting to the system originally in place in the initial years -- each IIT conducting its independent entrance test.

Earlier, on May 28, the HRD minister had announced his decision to have a two-tier common entrance exam for all IITs, NITs and IIITs with effect from 2013.

It was decided to hold a preliminary test followed by a main examination -- with a provision for 50 per cent weightage to be given on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying Class XII exams. 

"We were opposed to the idea right from day one and our view was clearly conveyed to the ministry too. However, the IIT ordinance gives us the right to conduct our own examination," announced IIT spokesman Prof Deepak Gupta.

Gupta told media persons in Kanpur late Friday evening, "Since we do not approve of the changes affected by the HRD ministry's decision, we have decided not to be a part of the joint entrance examination. Instead, we will conduct our own examination with effect from next year."

Declining to comment on whether any other IIT had decided to follow course, he said: "So far, we are not aware of it. But sure enough, they are all free to take their own decision."

Hailing the senate's decision, IIT-Kanpur students forum termed the government's proposed changes in the entrance examination as 'subjective, faulty and against the larger interest of students'.