“ 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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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

264 - Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur director’s support to HRD ministry flayed 0 TOI

TNN | Jun 12, 2012, 02.19AM IST

KANPUR: The All India IIT Faculty Federation has reacted sharply to IIT-Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya's support to the government's move of 'One nation one test' proposal. 

The IIT Faculty Federation, through a press release, has stated that it was "shocked to learn that the Director, IIT-Kharagapur has made public statements which are in contradiction to the resolutions made by the Senate of IIT-Kharagpur." The Federation said resolutions of the IIT-Kharagpur Senate did not recommend inclusion of Class XII board marks and conducting of JEE by a third party. "IIT-Kharagpur Senate categorically said that till 2014, no change should be made and status quo should be maintained," it said. 

Separately, faculty of the IIT-Khargpur also issued a statement rejecting the Centre's proposal for a Common Entrance Test into IITs, NITs and IIITs.Acharya had said the institute does not have any objection to the Centre's move to conduct a common entrance exam for central engineering institutions. The release further stated that the decision taken by IIT-Kanpur Senate should not be seen in isolation. 

The Federation, while highlighting the importance of IITs, mentioned that the institutions of national importance as declared by the Parliament have specific roles in the overall growth of the economy, which ranges from providing world class technical manpower, networks of think tanks on various technological issues and carrying out research in various cutting edge areas."It is expected that the government would continue to nurture excellence at all the levels including IITs, other Centrally-funded technical institutions and state colleges," it said further.