“ 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

282 - Common entrance test: Centre weighs legal strength of IITs’ stand - Economic Times

Common entrance test: Centre weighs legal strength of IITs’ stand

Himanshi Dhawan, TNN Jun 12, 2012, 09.12AM IST

NEW DELHI: In a bid to thwart the growing opinion against the common entrance test (CET) within the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the government is examining the legal strength of the position taken by the IIT Senates. So far, the human resource development (HRD) ministry has adopted a wait-and-watch policy even as senates of IIT Kanpur and Kharagpur rejected the government's decision to participate in the CET.

Sources in the HRD ministry said that according to the IIT Act the Senates are neither autonomous nor do they have unfettered rights in the matters of academic concerns of the Institute. "It is the IIT Council, rather than the senate, who is empowered to set the admission standards and other related academic matters," a source pointed out.

The decision taken by the IIT-Kanpur will have to get the nod of its board of governors in keeping with the IIT Act. According to section 13 of the Act, the Board of Governors (BoG) has the right to review the acts made by the senate, by another clause modify and cancel ordinances.

While Section 15 of the IIT Act gives control and general regulation responsibility for maintenance of "standards of instruction, education and examination in the Institute" to the senate, sources said that the function of the Senate did not include 'admission standards', which is in the exclusive domain of the IIT Council.

The ministry has been caught in a bind. While endorsed by the IIT Council, the "one nation, one test" issue has been close to HRD minister Kapil Sibal's heart. Sources said that the ministry would have to take a political decision on postponing the exams to 2014 or will face the risk of alienating the powerful faculty lobby. "While the BoG can overrule the senates, it will put the faculty on a path of direct confrontation with the administration and management which is best avoided," a source said.

Meanwhile, IIT Delhi Alumni Association and All India IIT Faculty Federation — the two organizations opposing the government's move most vehemently— have sought a meeting with the Prime Minister to apprise him of the situation that has arisen out of the ministry's announcement of new JEE on May 28.
Sources said that IIT Kanpur professors had also written to the PM protesting against the new format.