“ 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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Sunday, June 24, 2012

366 - IIT council likely to re-think JEE reforms proposal

IIT council likely to re-think JEE reforms proposal

Published: Sunday, Jun 24, 2012, 8:30 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

While the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) will decide its stand on the reformed Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) debate on July 5 in a senate meeting, all eyes are set on the IIT council meeting to be conducted on June 27 in Delhi.

According to faculty members, the council is expected to re-think on the proposal.

Meanwhile, the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) members met on Saturday for a meeting to discuss the reformed JEE.

IIT-Delhi’s senate has decided to go the IIT-Kanpur way and hold its own entrance test. IIT-B, which had been silent all this while, has finally decided that it will hold its senate meeting on July 5 to decide its stand over the ministry of human resource department’s proposal of a single national entrance test for engineering courses.

An IIT-B professor said, “While the faculty at IIT-B has shown their displeasure over the reformed pattern of JEE, the decision of its stand will be taken only in the senate meeting. However, the council meeting, to be conducted on June 27 can propose an alternative to the said proposal. There will be no issue if there is an alternative which will take into consideration all the concerns raised by IITs.”

Another professor said it will be difficult to guess what the council meeting will have in its store. “But depending on the interventions that the reformed JEE proposal has seen in the recent past, after the meeting with prime minister, there could be chances that certain points raised by the IIT circles, time and again, will be taken into consideration by the council.”

In this confusion, there is no answer to students’ worries over the year in which these reforms are to be implemented. “I need to know how to prepare. Are class 12 board marks important? What exactly will the test be like? The confusion is certainly affecting my studies,” said a class 12 student who is preparing for the JEE 2013.

The proposal to hold a common national entrance test for admission to all the engineering courses, giving weightage to class 12 board exam marks, has received opposition from the IIT circle.

The faculty members of different IITs have shot down the proposal with concerns of dilution of academic standards, and as it also challenges the autonomy enjoyed by the IITs.