“ 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

292 - IITs' autonomy not in 'danger' with 'one-nation one-test'? - Daily Bhaskar

Source: Dailybhaskar.com   |   Last Updated 02:00(12/06/12

New Delhi: With more IITs joining chorus against his 'one nation, one test' format, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal to defend or justify the uniform selection criteria for admission into different engineering institutions across country including IITs, NITs and IIITs. The HRD minister in his defence said that there is no intent on the part of the government to "infringe on the autonomy" of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Sibal adds that the decision to conduct a common entrance examination for the IITs, from the year 2013 onward, was a unanimous one, taken by the IIT Council comprising the governing bodies of the IITs, the National Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs).
Defending his concept of one nation one test, the minister said that he is "ready to talk if anyone says that the IITs' autonomy is being jeopardised."
Every year, about 5 lakh students take IIT’s Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

The immense criticism on HRD ministry’s decision to introduce a common engineering test for central engineering institutions including IITs, NITs and IIITs is likely to turn into a legal battle with IIT alumni’s plan to drag the matter into court.

With furore soaring high, faculty members from IIT Kanpur had earlier planned to boycott the institute’s convocation ceremony to mark the protest.