“ 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, July 13, 2012

408 - All this started with IITM Senates Proposals

The IITM JEE Committee 2012

The faculty association of IITM nominated 
  • Profs. S.K. Das (ME), 
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering, BE & ME from Jadavpur University and PhD from Sambalpur University; President of the IITM faculty association
  • Vijayan (Physics), Professor in Physics, office bearer of Faculty Association
  • Shaligram Tiwari (ME), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, office bearer of faculty association, B.Tech IIT KGP 1991, M.Tech.
    and Ph.D. from IITK

The Director of IITM Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy added 
  • Profs. Nandita Dasgupta (EE), Prof of Electrical Engineering,  BE from Jadavpur 1982, M.Tech, and PhD. from IITM 
  •  Mahesh Panchagnula(AM),  associate prof in Applied Mechanics department, IITM Mech B.Tech. 1992, graduate degrees from Purdue
  • and Prof. Idi Chandy (Ocean Engineering) as Chairman of JEE Committee.  MSc Physics from Kerala, MS and PhD from IITM Ocean Engineering department, former chairman of JEE and also been on some previous JEE review committees

The Senate of IIT Madras deliberated the proposal for the new JEE based on a single exam.

The Senate favoured a single-day entrance exam consisting of a Main test with MCQ questions in Maths, Physics and Chemistry, and an Advanced Quantitative test based on the same subjects. The latter test will have problems with numerical answers, possibly in multiple parts. The answers will be entered by the candidates on a machine-readable form.

The Senate recommended two options as described below for ranking the candidates for admission to the IITs. Of the two, Option 1 is thepreferred option.

 In Option 1, the concept of gating is introduced. All candidates with weighted marks above a pre-announced (at the time the examination brochure is released) Minimum Qualifying Mark (MQM) only will be considered for ranking using the marks obtained in the Advanced Quantitative paper. 

In Option 2, a weighted mark obtained from Board percentile rank, Main test marks and Advanced Quantitative test marks will be used for ranking.

The weights recommended by the Senate for the three components, namely, Board percentile rank, Main marks, and Advanced Quantitative marks, are
given in brackets.

Option-1 (preferred):
A weighted mark obtained from Board percentile rank (0.4) + Main test marks (0.6) will be used for gating purpose alone. Advanced Quantitative paper marks alone used for ranking the candidates for IIT admission. Only those candidates with the weighted mark higher than the pre-announced MQM will be ranked using the Advanced Quantitative paper marks.

A weighted mark obtained from Board percentile rank (0.2) + Main test marks (0.4) + Advanced Quantitative test marks (0.4), will be used for ranking candidates for IIT admission.