“ 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

340 - PM push breaks IIT-Sibal deadlock - Hindustan Times



Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 20, 2012

In an attempt to broker a compromise, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has intervened in a row between IIT faculty members and the human resource development (HRD) ministry over admissions to the premier institutions.

However, while the compromise proposed by the HRD ministry after the PM's intervention may represent a victory for protesting faculty members, it will — if accepted — dramatically alter the conditions of eligibility for admission to IITs.

Singh met members of the All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIFF) last Friday, and assured them that the autonomy of the IITs would not be hurt by the government. He asked Sibal to consider the faculty federation's demands, sources said.

Sibal had initiated reforms in the IIT-JEE with the intention of slashing the number of exams that students need to take, reducing the influence of coaching classes, and making school education more relevant. His proposals were based on concerns that students were ignoring their studies to attend coaching classes.
Based on the recommendations of committees set up by Sibal, the IIT Council decided to give 40% weightage to the board examination percentile, and 30% weightage to each of the two tests (basic and advanced) for IIT selection.
But after the IIT faculty opposed employing board scores for the final selection, it agreed to use them only to shortlist students for the second test — which the institutes would conduct. 

When the faculty continued to object, the government asked the IITs to consider a new proposal wherein all students in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards would stand on an equal footing. The others, however, would have to give up their IIT dreams.