“ 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

357 - Senate meeting on reforms likely to be held on June 27 - Hindustan Times

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 15, 2012

The senate of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) is expected to meet on June 27 at a special meeting to discuss the contentious issue of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) reforms from next year. Reforms, which include using board exam marks in a first level of screening and having a single engineering admission test, were announced by the human resources development ministry last month.

The IIT-B senate members will debate and vote on the IIT council’s decision on whether to adopt the reforms after the institute’s director Devang Khakhar gives his final approval for the date. “The meeting will most likely be on June 27. The director had earlier indicated he would be free during this week,” said a faculty member on Tuesday.

IIT-Kanpur had passed a resolution last week, opting for its own admission test following displeasure with the new test format. Next year’s two-step JEE will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, not the IITs.
IIT-B, which has yet to make a stand on the issue, had delayed the meeting as the campus was shut for the holidays.

The IIT-B senate had passed a resolution in March, opposing the reforms on various grounds. In May, an internal committee forwarded a proposal to remove board exams from the equation, suggesting a two-stage screening process.

In the mean time, an article, due to appear in the forthcoming issue of scientific journal Current Science, by an IIT-B faculty member has flayed the reforms.
“Institutions should have the freedom to use their own criteria, duly generated from their internal debates and from suitably empowered academic senates or councils, for admission,” writes Anurag Mehra in the Current Science piece.

“The government should therefore refrain from enforcing ideas, such as a “single, national admission test”, that affect institutional academic autonomy and mandates.”

IIT-B director Devang Khakhar denied a date had been set for the meeting and said there was no update on the issue.