“ 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

315 - Dr. Sibal, your remedy worse than the disease - The HINDU

June 17, 2012


The efficient functioning of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) over the last five decades has made the nation proud. The secret of success is non-interference by government agencies in the admission and selection of students for the undergraduate B.Tech. course. Indeed, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to the IITs can be said to be one of the very best selection tests in the world. This was refined over a period of time, and it evolved into a good assessment of an aspiring candidate's mental and analytical reasoning. By its very nature, the JEE cannot be equated or compared with the several board examinations held in different States after Class 12.

It is no exaggeration to say that the cream of the youth got into the IITs because of the rigour of testing and unbiased procedures. Nobody, including the progeny of the highest dignitary in the land, could enter the portals of the IITs solely banking on influence. Naturally, the products of the institutions became the hot favourites for employers all over the world.

Tinkering with and revamping of the examination system for entrance to these prestigious institutions need to be avoided when it has been found to be sound. True, the contents of the board syllabi must also be learnt well by students. But the JEE even as it exists today cannot be cleared by the candidates without the subject knowledge gained from the different Central and Board syllabi for the Standard XI and XII. The JEE goes beyond these since many application-oriented questions (essential for a regimen of engineering education) figure in the question papers.

It is worth recalling that a committee appointed a few years ago to review the functioning of the IITs suggested the jettisoning of the B. Tech degree course and offering only the M. Tech and doctoral programmes. This was considered preposterous by the academic world and cut no ice with the people in the know of things. The reason: It is the undergraduate course which is the bulwark of the IIT system providing a pool of excellence at an early stage.

Luckily, the suggestion was not implemented making the availability of a reservoir of good technical manpower at the higher levels. No doubt, there is need for continuous refinement of the JEE and this is already happening without sacrificing the validity of assessment.

The Senate of each IIT has a great role to play because of the stakes involved. Now reports indicate a divided opinion among the Senates of different IITs on the latest proposal to modify the JEE. The Human Resource Development Ministry under Kapil Sibal has stirred up a hornets' nest and now the Minister says he respects the autonomy of the IITs and that he is ready for discussions though he is certain about “One India, one test.” What the Minister must remember is the adage that the remedy must not be worse than the disease.

(The writer is a former Education Correspondent of The Hindu. trajagopalan@ yahoo. com)