“ 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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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

267 - IIT-G Director comes under attack from faculties' body - Rediff


June 12, 2012 17:58 IST


A statement released by the All India IIT Faculty Federation says it was 'shocked and pained' by IIT-Guwahati's director Gautam Barua's decision to support the 'one-nation one-test' proposal

Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati director Gautam Barua today came under attack from an apex body of the faculties of all IITs for supporting the Centre's 'one-nation one-test' proposal for entry into them and other centrally-funded engineering institutes.

Without naming Barua, All India IIT Faculty Federation, said, in a statement, that it was "shocked and pained" that one of the IITs' directors had criticised on TV channels the decision taken by the Senate of the IIT-Kanpur to conduct its own entrance exam from next year opposing the Centre's format.

Participating in a TV debate over the issue two days ago, Barua had said, "I am sad about the extreme step taken by the IIT-Kanpur Senate on such a small issue".
Criticising the statement, Federation Secretary A K Mittal said, "It is unfortunate that a professor of the IIT system thinks that the selection of the students and the academic autonomy of the IITs is a small issue."

Mittal's remarks came days after the Federation attacked IIT-Kharagpur Director Damodar Acharya for supporting the Centre's proposal.

The faculties' body hailed the decision taken by IIT-Kanpur, saying it has taken "lead in making the long-awaited, justified action of announcing its own admission test through its Senate Resolution (as sanctioned by the Institute Act).

"The IIT-Kanpur decision by no means can be treated as an isolated event. In fact, it sets the tone for other IITs that do not agree with the current HRD Ministry proposal of common entrance test to make similar decisions in their respective senates and support the initiative of IIT-Kanpur," it said.

The Federation accused a section of the media of "trying to project that the IITs are split over the HRD Ministry's proposal about the common engineering admission test".

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