“ 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

283 - IITs split over joint entrance test, to meet PM - IBN Live

Education | Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 03:41pm IST

IITs split over joint entrance test, to meet PM 

New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are split over the joint engineering exam for all centralised institutions. While IIT Madras and Guwahati back the government's proposal on the new format, IIT Kanpur and Kharagpur oppose it. The All India IIT Faculty Federation is likely to meet the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

Differences have also emerged within the IITs. The Director of IIT Kharagpur, Damodar Acharya, is the first to go against the wave of opposition endorsing Sibal's idea. The Director of IIT Guwahati, Gautam Barua, also supported the idea.

Meanwhile, IIT Kanpur, the first to publicly boycott the exam, remains firm on holding its own independent entrance exam in 2013.

IIT Kanpur rejects Sibal's proposal:
A separate admission committee has been formed by IIT Kanpur to conduct separate entrance exam from 2013 as 490 senate members out of 500 dismiseds Sibal's recommendations.
The senate members were not convinced with the HRD minister's plan to include 12th board results as they felt performances across different state boards varied greatly.

IIT Kharagpur divided:
The Director of IIT Kharagpur, Damodar Acharya, is the first to go against the wave of opposition, endorsing Sibal's idea. This has upset the institute's senate, which is to come out with its action plan on Monday, against the common entrance test. In a statement, All India IIT Faculty Federation said that it was "shocked to learn that the Director, IIT Kharagpur has made public statements which are in contradiction to the resolutions made by the Senate of IIT Kharagpur."

The Federation said that resolutions of the IIT Kharagpur Senate did not recommend inclusion of Class XII board marks, and conduct of JEE by a third party. "IIT Kharagpur Senate categorically said that till 2014, no change should be made and status quo be maintained," it said.

Separately, faculty of the IIT-Kharagpur also issued a statement rejecting the Centre's proposal for a Common Entrance Test into IITs, NITs and IIITs.
"The trust that IIT-JEE has earned over the last five decades is due to the continuous evolution of processes and unflinching devotion of the faculty and staff of IITs.... Any test leading to ranking in IIT admissions must be wholly owned by IITs," it said.

IIT Madras, Guwahati support Sibal's recommendations:
The director of IIT Guwahati had endorsed the new entrance exam idea. Criticising the decision taken by IIT-Kanpur Senate, Director of IIT Guwahati Gautam Barua had said he was "surprised" at their "reaction."
"I am sad actually that they have to take this extreme step for such a small matter," he said.
"Right now, we are not talking about one common entrance exam. We are basically talking about.... for having a common exam for NITs, IITs and IIITs. Whether this lead to a common exam for everybody, only time will tell," Barua said.

The Director has sent letter to all the faculty members, appraising them of situation in other IITs and was waiting for a response.
The senate members of IIT Madras are mostly in favour of Sibal's recommendations. However, they want minor changes. The members want lesser weightage to be given to the 12th board exam marks.
They also don't want the inclusion of multiple choice questions in the paper.

IIT Delhi remains non-committal:
The senate members of IIT Delhi feel that 2013 is not a feasible timeline and that the new entrance exam format should be implemented from 2014, with certain changes.
They also feel that the advanced exam should not be controlled by the CBSE, as suggested by Sibal, and should be set as well as corrected by the IITs.
Reports say the IIT Delhi Senate is also willing to conduct a separate entrance exam in partnership with IIT Kanpur from 2013.

IIT Roorkee, Bombay yet undecided:
The faculty of IIT Roorkee is opposed to Sibal's common entrance test and said it will wait for the outcome of the meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then decide on calling a special Senate meeting to decide the next course of action.

IIT Roorkee has not yet decided if they want to conduct an independent entrance like IIT Kanpur.

IIT Mumbai has said it does not want to go for a joint entrance in 2013 and will wait for the Senate to take a final call by June end.
The faculty is unhappy with the way the decision has been rolled out, disregarding Senate's concerns.

What Sibal proposed:
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had on May 28 announced that from 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs and IIITs will have to sit under a new format of common entrance test, which will also take the plus two board results into consideration.
Sibal had claimed that it was approved without dissent at a council consisting of the IITs, the IIITs and the NITs.
(With additional information from PTI)