“ 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

253 - Leave IITs Alone - e Paper.Times of India


Jun 11, 2012, 12.00AM IST 

The Times of India
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Autonomy is sacrosanct for promoting educational excellence

The IITs are, at present, the strongest card India can play if it is to break through into the league of top-ranking knowledge powers. But it now appears that drastic changes to the IIT admission process were approved without first getting the institutions to buy in. As a result IIT Kanpur has unfurled the flag of revolt, and IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay may soon follow suit. Indeed, IITs and their alumni have been vociferous in their protest against the Union HRD ministry’s decision to change the admission process and give significant weightage to class XII board exam results. That the academic senate of IIT Kanpur has adopted a resolution to conduct its own entrance test in 2013 highlights the strong resistance against the government diktat. 

The secret behind the success of the IITs is their autonomy in terms of conducting admission exams, structuring curricula and evaluating their students. Take these away and IITs won’t be much different from the gardenvariety government-run technical institute, churning out unemployable graduates. Therefore, if IITs are objecting to changes in the admission process, they need to be listened to. Otherwise the HRD ministry could be destroying the very system that has allowed the IITs to emerge as a byword for excellence. 

If IITs today are contemplating moving court against the proposed changes, it is because they have been pushed into this position. As it is, they are burdened with increasing reserved quotas in the admission of students. IIT JEE is one of the rare public examinations in the country that centre on application of concepts rather than rote learning. Replacing it with a system that stresses class XII board exams will dilute the quality of students getting admitted into the IITs. If the system ain’t broke – and is actually producing excellent results for the country – why fix it? 

The real problem is the government’s penchant for over-regulating education, turning it into one of the last redoubts of the licence raj. This only creates numerous opportunities for corruption and politicisation. For example, by laying down mechanical and stringent criteria for schools, the Right To Education Act incentivises an inspector raj that defeats the very purpose of the legislation. For the sake of the IITs and boosting education standards across the board, deregulation, autonomy and competition need to be made fundamental pillars of our education policy. If the government really wants to curb stress for students it must narrow the glaring gap between demand and supply for quality educational institutions, rather than mess around with the few IITs that exist.