“ 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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Saturday, June 23, 2012

362 - CET row: HRD Ministry to meet IIT Council - Newswala

New Delhi, June 22 (IBNS): The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has called a special meeting of Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) Council on combined entrance test (CET) on June 27.

"The uncertainty faced by the student community, consequent to the resolutions of the senates of IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi, requires to be addressed. Consequently, a special meeting of the IIT Council is being convened on 27.6.2012," read a ministry statement on Friday. 

Earlier Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said the government has no intentions to 'impact' on the autonomy of the IITs. 

Sibal faced tremendous criticisms and oppositions from the IIT Kanpur and others after he announced the decision to conduct combined entrance test for IITs with other premier engineering institutes.

IIT Kanpur has said it will conduct its own entrance test from 2013, rejecting a proposal by Sibal to unify such tests across India.

Earlier, IIT Faculty Federation, with the support of the powerful Alumni Association, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly opposing the move.

The IIT Alumni Association also reportedly said it is contemplating taking the minister to court for allegedly violating the principles of the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961.

IIT Faculty Federation secretary A.K. Mittal, in the letter to the PM had said, "We feel cheated. Despite promising us that no steps will be taken if there is any dissent, the HRD minister has gone ahead with his plans."