“ 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

291 - Students ready to take up CET - Asian Age

Students ready to take up CET
Jun 12, 2012 - N. Arun Kumar | Dc | Chennai

With the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, Delhi and Kharagpur opposing the HRD ministry’s move to do away with the AIEEE, IIT-JEE and change the exam format to a single common entrance test (CET), students feel that a single CET would help them a lot.

According to N. Aakaash, a final-year electronics and communication engineering student at VIT University, Vellore, he welcomes the ministry’s decision and said it would help eliminate multiplicity of entrance examinations as most of the top, higher education institutions in the country conduct entrance examination.

“On an average, a student spends a minimum of Rs. 15,000 on application forms itself. If the student comes from an affluent family, then he may buy all applications but he hails from a poor economic background, will he be able to apply to all institutions? In this case, we are denying him his right,” he said.

N. Venkatakrishnan, an alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchy, said board exam marks should also be included for admission to Central institutions, including IITs, as it would make students focus on their school studies.

“In the past, IIT aspirants did not study the school lessons as they knew that if you cleared the eligibility in board exam and scored more marks in the joint entrance examination, then your IIT seat is confirmed. So, they did not concentrate enough on board exams,” he said.

Prof Baskar Ramamurthi, director of IIT Madras, said, “The idea of combining board exam marks is to make sure that one test does not determine the student’s entry into IIT.

You have to be a good student with comprehensive board marks and if you have one-lakh seats in IIT, you don’t need an advance test to select students but that’s not the case in our country.

Earlier, the board was ignored completely, which led to a lot of problems, as students ignored languages. As we need to have a fair way of selecting students, we proposed adding board marks to the CET score.”

Pointing out that Indian school education system had two problems, Prof Ramamurthi said India had no uniform board or single board examination in the school system, besides there being huge shortage of seats.