“ 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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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

375 - One-test relief plan for NITs - Meet to decide if board marks weightage for IITs will stay

One-test relief plan for NITs  - Meet to decide if board marks weightage for IITs will stay

Tuesday , June 26 , 2012 |

New Delhi, June 25: Students seeking admission to centrally funded tech schools other than the IITs will have to take just one entrance test rather than two if a meeting chaired by Kapil Sibal on Wednesday accepts the proposal.

The idea is part of a set of suggestions before the IIT Council, headed by the human resource development minister, that seeks to resolve the dispute over purported admission reforms that have been opposed by IIT faculty.

The key proposal is to scrap the planned weightage to candidates’ Class XII board marks in IIT admission — the sticking point with the faculty. (See chart)

Another suggestion is that students vying for seats in the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) or the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) but not the IITs be made to take only the JEE Main.

Under the proposal, only IIT aspirants would have to take both the JEE Main and the JEE Advanced.

If approved, the move will bring relief to at least seven lakh students. Some five lakh students now take the IIT-JEE while 12 lakh appear in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination for the 15,000 seats in all the other centrally funded tech schools, which include 30 NITs, four IIITs and a few other institutes.

From next year, Sibal’s ministry plans to merge the two exams into a combined JEE for admission to all centrally funded technical institutes. The new JEE is to have two parts: Main and Advanced.

Under the originally mooted reforms, decided by the IIT Council on May 28, all candidates were to take both exams. The change, if carried out, will please the IIT faculty a section of which was against making both rounds of the exam mandatory for those not seeking IIT seats.

Under the May 28 reforms, both the Main and the Advanced were to be held on the same day, which the faculty argued would be too stressful for the students. On Wednesday, the IIT Council will consider letting the IITs hold the JEE Advanced on a later date of their choosing.

The government will ask the IITs to align the JEE Advanced syllabus with that of the JEE Main so that the tougher second-round exam can in the long run be done away with. Just as the IIT-JEE is tougher than the All India Engineering Entrance Examination now, so the Advanced will be more difficult than the Main.

Deemed varsities

Sibal’s ministry today met the vice-chancellors of deemed universities and asked them to adopt the JEE Main for admission to their engineering courses.

“All the deemed universities have agreed in principle to adopt the pattern of the JEE Main and give weightage to board marks in the admission process. They are free to decide their own weightage formula,” a ministry official said.

Since the process of giving weightage to candidates’ board marks depends on early publication of Class XII results, a meeting of all the school boards has been called on Thursday.

The Council of Boards of School Education, which coordinates with all the boards on matters of common interest, has called the meeting and will ask the boards to publish their results in quick time.