“ 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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Friday, June 22, 2012

353 - Firstpost India New IIT twist: Only board toppers can take entrance? by FP Politics Jun 21, 2012 - First Post

by FP Politics Jun 21, 2012

A potential compromise formula ironed out by the Prime Minister with a IIT faculty federation may make the class XII exam scores even more important if carried out, with only the top 20 percent of the students from each educational board eligible to give the examination.

According to the new scheme, only the students in the top 20 percent of each educational board will be eligible to write the IIT entrance exam, the Hindustan Times reported today.

The new compromise formula would make the class XII exams even more important. Reuters

The new scheme was finalised during last week’s meeting between the Prime Minister and All India IIT Faculty Federation and is likely to be discussed by the various IIT senates and faculty associations of the engineering institutes this week, the report stated.

If implemented this entrance examination system would be a considerable departure from the originally proposed scheme under which class XII scores from across educational boards would be normalised and included along with the scores from the two entrance exams to be written.

The proposal which was to be implemented from 2013 has faced considerable opposition from IIT senates, faculty and alumni and as Firstpost has pointed out, had the Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal overriding the autonomy of the national engineering institutes.

Given that class XII results are usually announced after the IIT entrance examinations, it would mean students will be giving the entrance exam without knowing whether they have the marks that is required to see them through. If they don’t, it would mean the students could possibly even qualify through the IIT entrance exam only to find that they haven’t got the requisite marks to be eligible.

Another option is for the IITs to delay the start of their course in order to ensure that students who don’t have the requisite marks in their class XII exams don’t write the exam.

However, both options mean that the best students suited for the IITs would not necessarily be the ones chosen given the excessive importance given to class XII examinations. And if the objective is to reduce dependence on coaching classes for class XII,  it might just do the exact opposite.

Perhaps given the indecision and lack of consensus on this new entrance exam, the best solution might be for the HRD ministry to go back to the drawing board and delay the new  examination by a year to spare the lakhs of students writing the examination in 2013 the needless stress.