“ 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

304 - PM gives assurance to protect autonomy of IITs - Hindu Business Line

PM gives assurance to protect autonomy of IITs 

Aesha Datta

Representatives of the All India Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Faculty Federation met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Friday to discuss the concerns related to the ‘one nation, one test’ entrance examination for engineering institutes.
“We had a very fruitful discussing. The Prime Minister said that the brand IIT has to be maintained and added that as a former teacher he understands the importance of maintaining an institute’s academic autonomy,” Prof A.K. Mittal, Secretary, All India IIT Faculty Federation, said.

Representatives of all seven IITs were present at the meeting with the PM.
“Our PM has appreciated the key concerns we have been expressing. He has agreed to take up the matter with the Human Resource Ministry. We have 200 per cent faith in our PM and we are sure dialogue will open up again and fruitful solutions would emerge,” Prof K. Narasimhan, President of the Federation, and Faculty at IIT-Bombay, said.

He added that the PM has given assurance that the autonomy of the IITs will not be eroded and it will be protected at all levels.
Prof Narasimhan added that the IITs want the reform process to be kicked in only from 2014 to enable students to prepare accordingly.

Inclusion of board marks
He added that the IITs are not against the inclusion of board marks but they are not convinced with the proposed normalisation process and would like the exams in 2013 to be treated as a dry-run, enabling them to analyse how the inclusion of Class XII board marks changes the merit list.

This, Prof Narasimhan added, would help them come out with a better normalisation scheme.