“ 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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Thursday, June 21, 2012

335 - Will change format if IITs have better idea: Sibal - ZEE NEWS

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 15:49

New Delhi: Giving in to the IIT faculty and alumni, the government is understood to be considering accepting some of their demands like not taking plus-two board results into account for preparing the merit list under a new common entrance system for admission to undegraduate engineering courses. 

Sources in the IIT faculty said that the government is considering this proposal to break the logjam over the proposed common entrance test. 

They said that the ministry is actively considering not taking board results into account only for 2013 when the new system is implemented. 

However, the faculty has no objection to include the board results from 2014 onwards.

According to the new system vetted by the IIT council, there would be a main test and an advance test which a student has to appear for admission to IIT and other centrally-funded technical institutes like NIT and IIIT. 

Weightage will also be given to plus-two board results while preparing the merit list. 

Meanwhile, the government would be asking the joint admission board of the IITs to finalise modalities of the advance exam, one of the components of the two-tier test. 

IIT faculty and the alumni have been opposing the move tooth and nail, demanding that the new system should not be implemented before 2014.

They contend that the proposed common entrance test would undermine the autonomy enjoyed by the IITs and dilute the IIT brand. 

Indications are that IIT Delhi senate, which is expected to meet on June 21, would also follow on the lines of IIT Kanpur. The latter has decided to hold its own entrance test following its rejection of the new system. 

The faculty federation has already met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voicing their opposition to the test, stating that they have been assured by him that autonomy of IITs will be maintained.