“ 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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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

329 - HRD to tell board to begin work on new JEE format - INDIAN EXPRESS

Anubhuti Vishnoi : New Delhi, Wed Jun 20 2012, 00:34 hrs

Unfazed by the opposition mounting against the new JEE format in the IIT community, the Human Resource Development Ministry has begun moving to take the proposed common entrance exam forward.

Kapil Sibal’s ministry will write to the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) to prepare for the JEE Advanced Test and start working out the finer points related to it, highly placed sources told The Indian Express. JEE Advanced is the exam under the proposed new common entrance format that will determine the final merit list for IIT admissions.

Since IIT Delhi is currently handling the JAB position, the ministry will send a communication, asking them to define the “nature, modalities and timing” of the exam. The ministry is of the opinion that it must be left to the IITs to decide whether they want a subjective/objective JEE Advanced, the nature of questions to be put, when and how often the exam should be conducted, whether or not they would like collaboration with CBSE for administrative assistance or even whether they would like to engage a testing agency to conduct the exam.

The ministry has already set up groups/committees to handle academic, administrative and test delivery aspects among other areas related to holding the common entrance exam.

Sibal, who chairs the IIT Council, had announced on May 28 that starting 2013, a new common entrance exam format for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutes would come into effect. According to this format, Class XII board marks will be factored in for determining eligibility of a student aspiring for admission to an IIT.

The new JEE will have two components — JEE Main (for screening) and JEE Advanced (for the final IIT merit list) — with 50 per cent weightage to Class XII scores at the screening stage.

The proposal is being opposed by the IIT Senates and alumni. IIT Kanpur Senate has gone as far as to pass a resolution saying that they would boycott the 2013 common entrance exam and instead hold their own JEE.

Members of the All India IIT Faculty Federation also met the Prime Minister last week on the issue and were assured that the autonomy of IITs would not be compromised. The federation raised three specific demands as well — that no change should be effected in JEE 2013 and the present system should continue, that Senates of IITs be allowed to take decision on admission in IITs to ensure the academic autonomy of the IITs and consideration of board marks from 2014 to be worked out over a period of time after analysing the board data and results from the dry run.