“ 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

342 - IIT-B agrees to new test, with riders - Indian Express

Mihika Basu : Mumbai, Thu Jun 21 2012, 00:17 hrs

The IIT-Bombay faculty forum, which met on Wednesday to see if a compromise formula can be worked out, decided they are ready to implement the new JEE from 2013, provided that the HRD Ministry agrees to their other conditions.

The suggestions of the IIT-Bombay senate, which had been disregarded by the Ministry, included implementing the new test from 2014 and not next year, making JEE-Advanced a subjective-type paper and not giving weightage to the Std XII board exams.

“It was decided on Wednesday that we can support the introduction of the new exam format from 2013, provided that the first test (JEE-Main), to be used for filtering students, will not give any weightage to board marks. It was agreed that the board performance will be used as cut-off only, as per the existing practice. 

It was also decided that the second test for selected students will be conducted exclusively by the IITs. According to the ministry, the second test will be held on the same day as the main exam and the scores can be used by all engineering institutes. This is not acceptable to us,” said a faculty member.

Faculty members decided that the IITs “own JEE” (second test) will be held on a separate date from main exam, possibly by the end of May after the results of the first test are available.