“ 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

261 - IIT-Kanpur seeks PM's intervention on common test

A group of professors known as the Faculty Forum from IIT Kanpur to seek "direct and immediate intervention" by the Prime Minister to settle the issue
Submitted on 06/11/2012 - 11:07:42 AM

Lucknow: Two days after raising the banner of revolt against the proposed Common Entrance Test (CET), mooted by the union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, IIT-Kanpur professors has now sought "direct and immediate intervention" of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to settle the issue.

Informed sources at the premier institute told IANS that a "letter is on its way" to the Prime Minister and confirmed that it has been written by a group of professors, known as the Faculty Forum.

Pointing out that in matters like this the Academic Senate was supreme, professors like Neeraj Mishra, Deepak Gupta and YN Singh have urged the Prime Minister to intervene and postpone the contentious changes in the format of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-2013.

Any "unnecessary meddling" with the current format of entrance exams could seriously jeopardize the prestige and standing of the IITs "respected across the world", the faculty members said and have cautioned that such steps would also bring the ministry and academicians on the brink of an unsavory face-off.

The Faculty Forum has opined that by doing away with the AIEEE, NIT, IIT-JEE and changing the exam format to a single CET, engineering aspirants would be burdened with pressure and tension.

Urging the Prime Minister to use his "good offices" to thrash out the contentious issue at the earliest, IIT-Kanpur has also asked the Prime Minister to order cancellation of the proposed CET format that the HRD ministry is likely to implement.

The IIT-Kanpur on Friday virtually revolted against the HRD ministry's move for a common entrance test and announced that it would hold its own entrance test from 2013.

Soon after Kanpur raised the banner of revolt, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay also dropped enough hints that they too would go the Kanpur way. There is a growing sentiment against the CET proposal, many in the IIT faculty feel.

The IIT-Kanpur is upset with the ministry's decision to merge IIT Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) with the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and the 210-member senate of IIT-Kanpur has passed a resolution rejecting the new format.

In a resolution moved and voted by the senate, it was said that the recent "IIT Council proposal on admissions to IITs is academically and methodically unsound and in violation of the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) and IIT Kanpur Ordinances (Ordinance 3.2 (Admissions)."

The Senate resolution had also authorized its chairman to constitute a committee with the help of the dean of academic affairs for conducting "JEE 2013 by IIT Kanpur".