“ 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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Thursday, June 28, 2012

380 - PanIIT Reacts to HRD Minister Sibal’s Explanation


Washington - PanIIT, the umbrella organization representing the IIT Alumni, on Tuesday reacted to the ongoing controversial reforms floated by Indian Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal to eliminate the present JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology.

Responding to an explanation submitted to India America Today by the minister, PanIIT USA President Siddhartha Chowdhary in a statement cited the position of PanIIT, including a letter from PanIIT India sent to Minister Sibal, saying, “The letter clearly state that the decision of IIT Senates should be respected. In our collective view, they have the autonomy and academic expertise to define the entrance mechanism to IITs.”

In its statement, PanIIT confirmed that it not only had studied the senate resolutions of different IITs, but also worked with the Faculty Forum of IIT to arrive at a consensus solution for this issue.

The PanIIT statement noted that all of them broadly converged on:
School marks can be used for screening or gating purposes, but should not be included in preparing merit lists for short-listing or admissions.

The first level test, whether it is called JEE Mains or aptitude, was acceptable.
A set of short-listed candidates (approximately 50,000 plus) from the first level test and with a school performance meeting the screening criterion should be made for the final advanced JEE Test.

The final JEE test is to be conducted by the IIT system and should be a long answer type, instead of multiple choice questions.

The clarification of the PanIIT position intensifies the clash between HRD Minister Sibal and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) over the new one test format instituted by Sibal for engineering schools across the country.

Sibal on May 28 had announced that from 2013, aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes like NITs will have to sit under a new format of a common entrance test, taking into account the plus two board results. (IATNS)