“ 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

254 - Tweak JEE, don’t let students suffer - Asian Age

Jun 11, 2012

Kapil Sibal’s human resource development ministry had proposed holding a common entrance test from 2013 for all undergraduate engineering courses in the country, including those at IITs, with the best of intentions.

But the common IIT-JEE exam, which was to have been held in two segments on the same day next year, has hit a serious roadblock that may have severe repercussions for the student community. Having seen several IITs swing into battle against the JEE, IIT Kharagpur on Sunday came out with a strongly-worded statement spelling out how IITs have become elite institutions “because they were allowed to function independently and set standards in carrying out academic responsibilities”.

While it is arguable whether the common test will be a retrograde step, as claimed, the fact remains that it has opened the floodgates to a turf war between so-called elitist academic institutions and the rest. It is now an ego battle between institutes that see sinister designs behind the move and the HRD ministry that had hoped to bring some order to a complicated academic world of multiple entrance exams, in which students were severely tested in terms of their nervous energy.
The process of holding a two-tier test — main and advanced — was meant to address the need for a subjective test, besides giving weightage to scholastic work that pupils put in all through their school years up to the Plus-2 examination. 

Students would have been rewarded for sustained academic work at school rather than staking everything in a roll of the dice in one entrance test. It is vital that the HRD minister does not give up this fight easily. It is up to Mr Sibal, who worked patiently for two years to find a level of consensus among academics before introducing the common test, to attempt an all-inclusive dialogue again by bringing together all dons with their various shades of opinion. At stake are the careers of a huge chunk of students who aspire to get into the nation’s best technical institutes. Also at stake is the economy of the burgeoning coaching school sector that thrives on preparing students for elitist IITs, but whose well-being should not come at the cost of the sanctity of public exams being sacrificed at the altar of commercial convenience.

It’s not too late to give final shape to the common IIT-JEE, perhaps by reducing the weightage for school marks, allowing the IITs to frame the “advanced” test paper and holding out assurances on the autonomy of the IITs’ academic system while at the same time serving the interests of the vast student community. The need of the hour is to remove the terrible uncertainty surrounding the 2013 academic year.