“ 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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Friday, June 15, 2012

299 - Get CET for admissions or go solo? IIT-Gandhinagar in dilemma - DNA

Get CET for admissions or go solo? IIT-Gandhinagar in dilemma

Published: Thursday, Jun 14, 2012, 15:00 IST
By Niyati Rana | Place: Gandhinagar/Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA    
The decision to hold a Common Entrance Test (CET) for engineering admissions has generated much heat among the premier Indian Institutes of Management, with IIT-Kanpur unfurling the flag of dissent and announcing its decision to hold an independent entrance exam in 2013.
Amid the furore in the various IITs across the country over the Union HRD ministry’s move, one of the younger entrants to the pack - IIT Gandhinagar - is not yet sure which way it will go.

When DNA spoke to the director of IIT-Gandhinagar, SK Jain, he said they had not yet decided if they would follow the CET or go independent like the IIT-Kanpur for admissions to the 2013 batch.

“Academic year 2012 has just begun. It is too early to comment on the admission method for 2013,” he said, stressing the institute had not yet taken any decision on the issue.

Explaining IIT-Kanpur’s announcement, Jain said it was one of the biggest IITs, and would need to start preparations for the entrance test early. He said IIT-Gandhinagar had a whole year to take a stand.

“We are a baby IIT which does not participate actively in the admission process. Earlier, the seven main IITs in India jointly held responsibility for the admission procedure, right from organising the IIT-Jee and collecting fees to admitting students to the Gandhinagar institute,” he said.

He said he would like to focus on the students and facilities provided to the new batch, which is expected to start in July.

Though Jain preferred not to comment on joining the CET, it is believed the decision would be taken after consulting the board of governors.

IIT-Gandhinagar, founded in 2008, has been functioning under the mentorship of IIT-Powai, but reports state that from 2013 it will become a self-governing institute like the other major IITs.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the prime minister will meet a delegation of the IITs on Thursday following a request to intervene on the proposed CET issue.