“ 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


By Mou Chakraborty | HT Media – 18 hours ago

Kolkata, June 12 -- The teachers' association of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has decided to take its fight against the Centre's single entrance test move to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

"The association has decided to write to the CM and seek her intervention," said a faculty member of IIT-KGP. "Introducing the single entrance test for all the engineering colleges in the country from 2013 will ruin the entire IIT system."

The state government appeared ready to give the teachers a patient hearing. "Let the teachers write to us. Then we will decide," West Bengal education minister Bratya Basu said on Monday.

Bengal has already objected to the human resource development ministry's single test formula, which recommends giving weight to marks secured in Class 12 board examinations. Securing high marks in the Bengal board examination is perceived to be more difficult in comparison to other boards.

The All India IIT Faculty Federation welcomed the IITKGP decision to write to Banerjee. "She has a very strong personality. If IIT-KGP teachers can make her understand the problem, we can expect her to take up the matter with the Centre," said Atul Mittal, general secretary of the federation.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.