“ 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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Monday, July 16, 2012

411 - India slips in QS rankings, IIT-B, IIT-Delhi only saving grace


10 Jul 2012

The QS Asian University rankings for 2012 are out and Indian institutes have fared poorly in the rankings. The only exceptions are Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and IIT Delhi. While IIT Bombay is up by four notches (from 38 to 34 in 2012), IIT Delhi is up from 37 to 36 this year.
QS is one of the world’s leading networks in career and education. Yet again, while no Indian institute has made it to the top 30 in overall rankings, only four have made it to the top 50 among 300 Asian institutes this year.

Last year, five had featured in the top 50. An analysis of rankings from 2009 to 2012 reveals that no Indian institute has made it to top 10 and only one ranked in the top 30 since then (IIT Bombay in 2009).

“It’s not that institutes or universities in India are not doing well. These rankings assess several factors and we tend to lose points on many of these indicators, which include international faculty and international students. 

Further, while the rankings look at various subjects, IITs and our universities will lose points on a specific subject like medicine,” said a senior academician.

All the five older IITs have slipped in their overall rankings, IIT Kanpur climbing down the most by 11 places from 36 to 47 this year. While IIT Guhawati is down from 82 to 89, IIT Kharagpur is down from 48 to 56. IIT Madras is ranked at 45, down by two places from last year and IIT Roorkee slipped from 56 to 65. Except Delhi University, no other Indian university, including Mumbai, Pune and Calcutta universities feature in the top 100. All the four have slipped in their rankings.

Mumbai University, for instance has gone down the ladder steadily, from 96 in 2010 to 145 in 2011 and 151-160 this year. While Delhi University is ranked 78, it is down by one point from last year. Calcutta University too has come down gradually, from 99 in 2010 and 115 in 2011 to 143 this year. The worst show this year has been put up by Pune University which has been ranked between 191-200 this year. 

Besides the overall rankings that cover several parameters like research and teaching, internationalization, a publication etc, QS also ranks the Asian universities by faculty (subjects) and by criterion (like faculty-student ratio).

Among the rankings by criteria, none of the Indian institutes could bag a slot in the top 200 for “international students” and “international faculty”. In “faculty-student” too, no Indian institute figures in the top 100. The Indian institutes have performed comparatively better in “academic reputation” and “employer reputation”.

For instance, in employer reputation, IIT Bombay is ranked seventh and IIT Delhi and University of Delhi 16th and 17th respectively. The other institutes in the top 50 are IIT Madras (22), Mumbai University (25), IIT Kanpur (28) and Pune University (48). In academic reputation, IIT Bombay (29), IIT Delhi (37), Delhi University (38) and IIT Madras (49) are among the top 50. In papers per faculty too, Indian institutes have done well with IIT Delhi ranking five and IIT Kanpur nine.

[Source: Indian Express]