“ 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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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

321 - More opposition to Sibal's common entrance test - TOI

More opposition to Sibal's common entrance test

Manash Pratim Gohain, TNN Jun 18, 2012, 05.52PM IST

NEW DELHI: More opposition to the common entrance test (CET) for admissions to engineering colleges, including the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) and National Institute of Technologies (NITs), is coming forth.

Even as the union government rules out going back on the CET proposal, member of parliament Bhalchandra Mungekar while terming the situation arising out of the proposal as alarming questioned the need for implementing the proposal on 'war footing'. In his letter to Kapil Sibal, minister for Human Resource Development, Mungekar suggested that the present system of admissions to the IITs should continue for the academic year 2012-13.

According to HRD sources, the former planning commission member who was responsible for the policy draft on higher education for the 11th five-year plan and now a Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha, Mungekar on June 13 wrote to Sibal saying, "avoiding multiplicity of CETs and facilitating the entry of the poor into the IIT system are worth considering, they do not warrant an emergency decision to the extent that the IIT fraternity prepares to move the court against the MHRD and the MHRD, in turn, examines the legal status of the IIT senates and the Board of Governors. This scenario does not augur well."

The MHRD proposed a CET for admission to engineering colleges across the country. The proposal was to merge the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) and All Indian Engineering Entrance Exam (conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education) and also to take into account the performance of the aspirants during board exams at school level for admission to the various engineering courses. The move was opposed by various senates of the IITs and the alumni associations. In fact, IIT Kanpur decided to conduct its own entrance exam, while majority of the states too were not keen on joining the CET.

Urging the MHRD to be more thoughtful and that well-informed decision could be taken in the course of time that would address the concerns of the IIT fraternity, mainly the issue of autonomy, Mungekar wrote, "... everyone in the country is well aware that our IITs and IIMs are the country's brand educational institutions recognized the world over. They have taken more than five decades to become what they are today. It is well recognized that complete academic autonomy enjoyed by these institutions played an overwhelming important role in influencing their performance."

"... let me submit that issue of one CET for the IITs and NITs, and considering marks of the HSC exam need not be taken on war footing," added the former vice chancellor of Mumbai University. ##