“ 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

338 - Indian Institutes of Technology aspirants' study plans fall into disarray - TOI

Vishwas Kothari, TNN | Jun 20, 2012, 03.09AM IST

PUNE: Students of standard XII preparing to write the joint entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology in 2013 are in a quandary.
The state government has not yet decided what should be the relative weightage for higher secondary certificate (HSC, Std XII) board exam and the proposed national Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) scores for admissions.

There is no clarity on the syllabus for the proposed national JEE also referred to as ISEET which the Human Resource Development ministry is determined to introduce from 2013.

The ministry's plans have run into opposition in some IITs which has increased the uncertainty.

Academicians said these issues must be sorted before the commencement of standard XII classes. "There is tremendous stress and anxiety among students and parents due to the prevailing uncertainty over the proposed national JEE," said Durgesh Mangeshkar, head of the IITians Prashikshan Kendra. "Teachers and academic mentors are puzzled about how to approach their teaching plan," he added.

The HRD ministry has declared that for all centrally funded institutons like the IITs, IIITs, NITs and central universities, there would be 40% weightage for performance in standard XII board marks normalized on percentile basis through an appropriate formula.

Another 30% weightage will be for performance in the JEE-Main and 30% weightage in JEE-Advanced. A combined merit will be decided accordingly.

However, the ministry has left it to the states to decide whether they want to go with this formula or work out an alternative formula of their own for the relative weightage, for admissions to the larger section of private unaided engineering colleges.

While the Maharashtra government has conveyed its willingness to join the proposed national JEE, it has since set up a high-powered committee, which is now examining various pros and cons to arrive at the all-important weightage formula for the state.

The syllabus for the proposed national JEE has yet to be declared even though standard XII classes in junior colleges in the state are due for commencement from June 15. Private coaching classes, which have acquired immese importance vis-a-vis junior colleges, have started their classes without having a clear idea about the syllabus.

Questions persist as to whether the proposed national JEE syllabus will cover both standard XI and XII course contents, or will take standard XI content in portions; whether there is a need for separate coaching for IITs and standard XII and how to plan the studies.

Unlike the National Eligiblity and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses, which is a certainty from 2013 and where the syllabus has been worked out and declared jointly by the Medical Council of India and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)__the syllabus for the proposed national JEE is expected to be prepared by the IITs, which have been given the control of academic matters related to the exam. The CBSE's role has been restricted to administrative and logistical support.

"The revolt by a section of the IITs against the HRD ministry's proposed national JEE plan has taken a precedence over issues like syllabus for the exam," said Mangeshkar. "There is reasonable guarantee that the IITs won't deviate drastically from the syllabus and paper pattern that is in vogue for their prevailing entrance exams. We are telling students to continue with their present study plan for now," he added.

Another head of a private coaching class said on condition of anonimity, "We are assuming that the syllabus for physics and chemistry for the proposed national JEE, will be the same as has been declared for the NEET. We are combining the standard XII state board and CBSE syllabi for teaching in our classes."

Many students and parents are approaching private coaching experts for counseling on how to plan their study in view of the prevailing uncertainty and whether they should opt for repeating Std XII, which is an option given by the HRD ministry. "To repeat standard XII means a lot of stress," said Mangeshkar.
The ministry's 40:30:30 weightage formula certainly does not suit the interest of unaided engineering colleges in the state as it is fraught with a highly restrictive effect on the number of students qualifying for admission.

Already, there is a glut of engineering seats and the state has been reporting vacancies in excess of 10,000 to 15,000 seats for the last few years. This year, the directorate of technical education (DTE) has declared an overall admission capacity of 1,33,904 seats for 348 engineering colleges in the state. These numbers are bound to grow next year when the proposed national JEE takes off.

The college managements will be looking for a more student-friendly formula for relative weightages to ensure that fewer number of engineering seats remain vacant. The state has received suggestions to opt for a 50:50 weightage or 100 pc weightage for HSC score.

But the Indian Statiscal Institute, which has been entrusted with the task of working out a formula for nomalisation of marks given by different boards, has yet to come up with the same. Relying solely on the HSC marks for engineering admission is not viewed by many as prudent.