“ 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

337 - Govt gives in to IITs, waters down proposed common entrance test - India Today

Govt gives in to IITs, waters down proposed common entrance test

Shabbir Ahmed/Headlines Today   |   HEADLINES TODAY  |   Chennai, June 20, 2012 | UPDATED 18:39 IST

The controversial common entrance exam proposed by Union HRD Minister Kapil Si bal may not see the light of day after all -- at least not in its initially envisioned format. Headlines Today has learnt that the government has agreed to water down its proposals that have created unrest among IITs. 

Sources say that the government has agreed to create a two-tier test system to safeguard the autonomy of India's premier engineering institutions. The common entrance test would now act only as a filter, selecting approximately 50,000 students, who would then be eligible for an advance exam independently conducted by the IITs. 

The final merit list for the IIT undergraduate admissions would be based purely on the performance of candidates in this advance exam, the format for which would be decided soon. 

It is understood that the IIT advance exam would be held towards the end of May, once the results of the government's main exam have been announced. 

In another change, the government has decided to stick to the existing practice of using board exam performance as only a cut-off. The earlier proposal had advocated the use of both -- the entrance scores and board exam marks -- to arrive at a final list of students. 

However, rather than an across the board cut-off of 60 per cent, the government has proposed to fine tune it based on top 20 percentiles of each board.