“ 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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Friday, June 29, 2012

385 - IIT-Delhi alumni association rejects compromise agreement 0 Hindustan Times

IIT-Delhi alumni association rejects compromise agreement
New Delhi, June 28, 2012

The alumni association of IIT-Delhi on Thursday 'rejected' the compromise agreement reached by IIT directors yesterday on holding the common exams saying the decision is against the interest of students.

It said the 20 percentile criteria which was agreed upon on Wednesday at the
IIT council meet to end the logjam will make it difficult for students, especially from rural areas where school education is in shambles to get admitted to IITs.

"The 20 percentile criteria for school boards stands rejected because such patch-work solutions taken in haste to meet deadlines of 2013 by HRD Ministry are contrary to the objectives set out by it and prejudicial to the interests of students," president of IIT Delhi Alumni Association Somnath Bharti said.

As per the agreement reached on Wednesday, admission to the IITs from 2013 would be based only on rank achieved in the advance test subject to the condition that selected candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards.

Bharti said they will follow up with the senates on the 20 percentile issue and conducting the test from 2013.

Sources on the other hand claimed some of the senates are unhappy with the latest development and have already expressed their opposition to the compromise agreement. They said senates of IIT Kharagpur and IIT Guwahati are against the 20 percentile formula.

All the senates will discuss the agreement reached at the IIT council before giving their final approval.

IIT alumni which is also represented by some faculty members met here today and passed a resolution rejecting the new agreement.

Bharti said the demand of delinking the centrally funded institutes like NITs and IIITs from the IIT under the common entrance has not taken place.