“ 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

255 - Don't politicise education - TOI

Jun 11, 2012, 07.00AM IST

Taruchit Goyal, an engineering aspirant who recently appeared for the entrance exams, gives his views on the recent changes in the engineering entrance exams 

Like any other student of engineering , I appeared for most of the entrance exams held in the country such as IIT-JEE , AIEEE, MHT-CET , BIT SAT, SRM, VIT and NMAT. No doubt it took a lot of hard work and patience, it did, however, teach me many important lessons. IIT-JEE is definitely a tough exam but, it is not impossible to crack it. That stands true for all other entrance exams as well, despite their different patterns. 

The recent change announced by the HRD ministry in engineering entrance exams has been received with mixed reactions from those it concerns. I believe this development has its merits and equally challenging demerits . It would be convenient and time-saving for students since they won't have to rush to various far off places to appear for different exams. 

Although, student selection based on the result would be one of the biggest matters of concern. All IITs and NITs will demand high ranking students, which would displease other colleges. Moreover, reputed universities like SRM, VIT, Narsee Monjee, might face losses in terms of merit student force. So, I believe that is one decision that should be taken independently by teachers and academicians and not by politicians, whose earlier interventions include the changes in the CBSE marks system. 

In conclusion I would like to add that considering this decision will have significant impact on students, it is extremely essential for policy-makers to involve the right minds in the process.