“ 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

257 - IIT Kanpur junks HRD Minister Kapil Sibal's new JEE version, plans to conduct its own entrance test in 2013 - India Today

The backlash against the changed format of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is only getting worse.

In what could be the severest blow to human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal's 'One Nation One Test' dream, the highest decision-making body of IIT Kanpur on Friday resolved not to participate in the JEE's new version. In fact, it decided to conduct its own entrance test in 2013.

All meetings of any of the IIT senates are chaired by the institute director. The IIT Kanpur senate meeting that lasted for two hours on Friday was chaired by Sanjay Dhande who, ironically, was also part of the IIT council that approved the changes to the JEE. "

Everyone felt that JEE's new format was not good for either the future of the students or the institute. Now, a panel will be constituted and will outline our own admission guidelines. This decision will be communicated to the IIT council and other IIT senates," a faculty member who attended the meeting said.

According to the professors, the senates of the first five IITs - Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur and Bombay - which first agreed to admit students through a joint entrance test also have the power to disassociate themselves at will. Mail Today could not confirm this independently from the HRD ministry.

JEE's new format was announced on May 28. Sibal had, after chairing a joint meeting of the IIT and National Institute of Technology council, announced that from next year the JEE will be valid for all centrally funded technical institutions such as the IIITs, NITs and IISERs. And that the test will be conducted in two parts, main and advanced.

The IITs, however, were allowed to follow a different admission process, wherein the Class XII Board marks and performance in JEE's main test will only be considered for filtering the best candidates.