“ 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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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

371 - Indian Institute of Technology directors mull solution - India Today

New Delhi, June 24, 2012 

The joint admission board (JAB) of the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) met in New Delhi on Saturday to devise a compromise formula in the wake of two key institutes - IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur - breaking ranks with the government on the one-country, one-test decision.

Sources said IIT directors debated if HRD minister Kapil Sibal's decision to hold a common joint entrance exam for all centrally funded technology institutes from 2013 could be adopted with some alterations.

The board has been conducting the IIT entrance test for 50 years.

A compromise formula suggested by the HRD ministry was discussed at the emergency meeting. It involves taking the top 20-30 students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list. This criterion, which can replace the proposed format of giving weightage to board results, was deliberated as an alternative and received an unanimous favourable response.

The percentile criterion along with the performance in the JEE-Main could likely be used for selecting around 50,000 students; students' scores in the advanced test conducted by IITs will be taken into account to prepare the merit list for admission to the IITs.

Some of the IIT directors were reportedly not keen to discuss the proposed test at the JAB and insisted that the issue be deliberated only at the special IIT council meet.

The IITs will now debate this compromise formula during the IIT council meeting called by the HRD minister on June 27.