“ 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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Sunday, June 17, 2012

313 - IITs’ autonomy will not be eroded, PM assures faculty - Hindu Busioness Line

IITs’ autonomy will not be eroded, PM assures faculty

Aesha Datta

Members of the All-India Faculty Federation of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) briefing the media after their meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on common entrance examination for IITs in the Capital on Friday. – Ramesh Sharma

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has given his assurance that the autonomy of the various Indian Institutes of Technology will not be eroded but be protected at all levels.

The assurance was given at a meeting that representatives of the All India Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Faculty Federation had with the Prime Minister here on Friday. The meeting was called to discuss the concerns related to the ‘one nation, one test' entrance examination for engineering institutes.
“We had a very fruitful discussion. The Prime Minister said that the brand IIT has to be maintained and added that as a former teacher he understands how important an institute's academic autonomy is,” Prof A.K. Mittal, Secretary, All India IIT Faculty Federation, said.

Representatives of all seven IITs were present at the meeting.
“The Prime Ministry appreciated the key concerns we have been expressing. He has agreed to take up the matter with the Human Resources Ministry. We are sure a dialogue will open up again and fruitful solutions would emerge,” Prof K. Narasimhan, President of the Federation, and Faculty at IIT-Bombay, said.
Prof Narasimhan added that though the announcement for the changes should be made at the earliest, the IITs want the reform process to start only from 2014 to enable students to prepare.

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 inclusion of Class XII board marks changes the merit list.

The IIT Senates have been opposing the decision to hold common entrance examination, a move which had been approved by the IIT Council in May this year.

However, according to the IIT Act, 1961, the “Senate of an Institute shall have the control and general regulation, and be responsible for the maintenance, of standards of instruction, education and examination in the Institute.”

Further, according to the Act, the IIT Council is responsible for co-ordinating the activities of all the Institutes. The Act goes on to state that the Council will also “advise on matters relating to the duration of the courses, the degrees and other academic distinctions to be conferred by the Institutes, admission standards and other academic matters.”

However, at the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Federation requested that “Senates of IITs be allowed to take decision on admission in IITs (considering all relevant aspects like format of examination, modalities etc).”