“ 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

285 - Politics in education - Daily Pioneer

Politics in education 

Postpone common engineering test for now

In its over-eagerness to ‘revamp’ technical education in the country by announcing a common entrance test for all centrally-funded engineering institutes and the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has completely messed up the situation. The Ministry has managed to upset the IITs, the State Governments and the IIT alumni association with its decision to implement the common test from the academic year beginning 2013. All of them have offered various reasons for their objections, but the underlying theme is that the Ministry has pushed the proposal through in undue haste, without factoring in the relevant concerns. While Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal claims that the IITs were on board in the decision to switch to a common admission test for all engineering institutes including the IITs, it does not appear to be the case. Else, why would IIT-Kanpur have rebelled against the move and announced its own test for 2013? Various reports that have appeared recently clearly suggest that the IITs have by and large been unconvinced by the HRD Ministry’s stand.

It is quite possible that, given Mr Sibal’s obstinacy, they might not have pushed their objections too hard in the meetings they have had with the Minister. But then, Mr Sibal knows well that the IITs are not really on the same page, and that he should have spent some more time with them to find common ground. There is no reason why the UPA Government should have been in such a tearing hurry to rush through the proposal. It is not as if the IITs are entirely opposed to the Government’s decision. All that they had asked was to defer the move to at least 2014 so that the students have the time to adjust to the new system, and to have further deliberations to fine-tune the new arrangement. The contention of the various IITs and the IIT alumni association essentially is that the quality of students who enter the IITs could be seriously compromised if the IITs are clubbed with the rest of the engineering colleges in a common entrance test. While this may sound like an elitist argument — IITs wanting to shut its doors to the thousands of deserving students and create a aura of exclusivity — the fact of the matter is that IITs are considered amongst our best educational institutes because they have succeeded in sustaining a high level of quality. True, not all IITians are geniuses; neither are all non-IITians morons. But that is no argument to lower the standard of the IITs by admitting students through a less than rigorous process. To that extent, the IIT alumni association is right in fearing that the Government’s decision could end up destroying the IITs, though some political points may be scored in the process.

The HRD Ministry’s lack of homework is also evident in the fact that various States have red-flagged the former’s move to allow the IITs to have a separate test in addition to the common entrance examination. Mr Sibal failed to convince the Education Ministers of States at a conference held recently — which was skipped by the Trinamool Congress Government of West Bengal — that the new single-test format is in the best interests of the students and the various institutes. Given the rising opposition, the UPA Government must now keep the one-test concept in abeyance and build a broader consensus before implementing it.