“ 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

290 - Sibal pits Senates against Council to check rebellion among IITs - India Today

New Delhi, June 12, 2012 |

The lawyer in Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal seems to be working overtime to steamroller the simmering revolt in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) over entrance examination to these prestigious colleges. He has been mulling over a strategy to divide and rule pitting the rebellious IIT Senates against the pliable IIT Council.

As Sibal's "one nation, one test" plan has triggered a full fledged standoff, yet another embarrassment has been staring at an already embattled United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. So, the HRD minister has now been taking cover of the IIT Act to split these institutes and defuse the crisis.

Sibal has been preparing to pit the IIT Council against the IIT Senates. He is citing the IIT Act to question the autonomy of the IIT Senates. By throwing the rulebook, he has been looking at isolating the IIT Senates. This might compel the rebellious arm of the IITs to bow down before the HRD minister.

Now the question comes how Sibal is exploiting the IIT Act to his advantage. The IITs are governed by a 50-year-old Act that demarcates powers of its three major arms. The Senate is lowest in the rung and is responsible for standards of instruction, education and examination.

The Council, which has been backing Sibal, has a say in admission procedures. It also looks into the duration of courses and other academic issues. The board of governors can review decisions taken by Senates and modify or cancel ordinances.

The HRD minister, for now, has sought to douse the fire. He posted his view on micro-blogging site downplaying the revolts by Kanpur and Kharagpur IITs against his move.

"In terms of the Act the Council is entitled to take certain decisions by virtue of a statue. The Council has endorsed those decisions. I don't know what the exact objection is. I will find out the nature of these objections and will surely address it," Sibal tweeted.

He realises if the standoff escalates further, it can add to his government's woes which has already been under fire over several issues of governance.
The row over combined entrance exams can lead to postponing of exams to 2014. Besides, the confrontation between faculty and management can seriously dent the standards of the IITs, which are one of the India's few world class educational institutions.