“ 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

262 - Academia, students hail new entrance criteria - IBN Live


Chennai | Updated May 30, 2012 at 08:54am IST

CHENNAI: The announcement, by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday, that Class XII results would be given substantial weightage in the proposed Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for engineering courses from 2013, came in for much praise from students and academia alike.
However, some were of the view that the decision would turn futile unless it helps the system move towards a national standard in school education.
The decision to hold such a common test for central institutions was announced in a press meet in New Delhi on Monday.
Director of IIT-Madras, Bhaskar Ramamurthy, who attended the meet, told Express over the phone that the new system will provide 50 per cent weightage to Class XII marks for initial short-listing of candidates for the IITs.
“We expect such a system to ensure that only students who do very well at the school level and take Class XII seriously make it to premier institutions,” he said.
The NITs will give 40 per cent weightage to Class XII Board marks and 30 per cent weightage for performance in JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced, the two parts of the common exam, and a combined merit decided accordingly.
State Planning Commission member and former vice-chancellor of the Anna University, E Balagurusamy, said it would help reduce the impact of coaching centres in determining the future of students.
“One of the main reasons for Tamil Nadu abolishing engineering entrance was the role played by coaching centres. Poor rural students neither had the means nor the access to such training and found it difficult to compete,” he said.
Balagurusamy said the move should pave the way for a national standard in school education.
“There is a huge disparity between systems in quality. It has to be bridged. Only two from Tamil Nadu made it to the top 50 this year in IIT and they were from CBSE,” he said.