“ 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

286 - A testing time for India’s exams - Gulf News

The government wants to standardise entrance examinations for top technology institutions — but academics are upset
  • By S. Narendra, Correspondent
  • Published: 00:00 June 14, 2012

Mumbai: India’s Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal finds himself on the back foot over a controversial plan to standardise examinations — the so called “one nation one test” proposal — for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs).

Through his decision to scrap the existing IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Sibal has drawn criticism from IITs, he has shown a willingness to address concerns, commenting in Washington on Tuesday that the IIT council should be permitted to set the new exams.

But the aggrieved institutions now say he has gone too far, charging him with “infringing”on their autonomy. Senators of the influential IITs of Kanpur, Delhi and Bombay are loudly opposing a Common Entrance Test (CET) for all IITs, NITs and IIITs from 2013. They have taken a stand that the CET would increase stress among students seeking admissions to IITs.
The IITs opposing the new exam pattern approved by the IIT Council, at its meeting chaired by Sibal on May 28, have not taken kindly to the introduction of two sets of examinations — the main and advanced exams — on the same day.