“ 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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Thursday, June 14, 2012

279 - What's the hurry for CET: IIT faculty - Samay Live


What's the hurry for CET: IIT faculty


Upset over the common entrance test to Indian Institutes of Technology, the national body of IIT faculty asked why the government was in such a hurry to start the new format.


"They have not done their homework, they are still not able to get the marks from all boards and normalise it. If they cannot do it now, how will they do it next year," IIT Faculty Federation President Sanjeev Sanghi told IANS.

"It does not reduce multiplicity of the exams, it does not do away with coaching," he said.

"We want to ask what is the hurry with 2013?"

Sanghi, who heads the national body of IIT teachers which is leading the battle against the new format along with IIT alumni associations, said representatives from all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are attempting to meet the prime minister and take up the issue with him.

On a day when professors from IIT Kanpur wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sanghi said the senate of all IITs were against the new format.

"All of us will meet the prime minister," he said.

The developments come after IIT Kanpur announced Friday that it will hold a separate entrance test for admissions from 2013, rebelling against the joint entrance test. Senates of other IITs, prominently IITs at Delhi, Kharagpur and Bombay have also expressed their protest against the new format.

However, Director of IIT Delhi R.K. Shevgaonkar, IIT Bombay Director Devang Khakhar, along with IIT-Kharagpur's Damodar Acharya, and IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua were reported to be supporting the new format.

"We stand by our decision to go through the CET route from next year onwards and there is no deviation from the same," Shevgaonkar was quoted in a report.

Sanghi, however, said: "Directors cannot overrule the senate."

According to sources, the minutes of meeting of the senate of IIT Kharagpur showed the senate was against the new format. Similar was the case with IIT Guwahati.

In case of IIT Delhi also, the senate and professors are against the new format, however, a dissent was not recorded by the director in the meeting with the HRD minister, says a faculty member.

"Why is it so that while the senates are against this format, the directors did not register their dissent," a professor of IIT Delhi questioned.

The new format merges IIT-JEE with AIEEE, and also includes a fixed weightage from school board exam.