“ 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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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

415 - New changes to affect higher education: DUTA - Deccan Herald

New Delhi, Jul 10, 2012, DHNS :

Delhi University Teachers’ Association’s has slammed the proposed changes to be implemented soon in the university, saying they will have a negative impact on governnemnt’s higher education policies.

The changes include four-year graduation, BTech in Humanities with an option to pick and choose subjects and the Meta University project which is scheduled to start this July where students can choose courses from DU, Jamia Milia Islamia, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Jawaharlal Nehru University and make a degree for themselves.
In a `report’ released on Tuesday, DUTA termed the changes as commodification of the higher education system.

“In the Meta University project no information has been given about the postgraduate courses. The teaching community has been ignored as these proposals weren’t even discussed with the teachers before being announced in the media,” said a DUTA member.

The report said no detailed vision paper on the proposed major overhauling of the existing system of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at the university and the new academic programmes has come out till date.

DUTA said no concept papers have been discussed in the academic council. They have neither been circulated in the departments and colleges, nor are they available on the varsity website.

“The level of higher education is generally measured by its enrolment ratio. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) measures the access level by taking the ratio of persons in all age group between 18-23 years enrolled in various programmes. India GER was 12.6 per cent in higher education (in 2007),” said the report.

The US has 81 per cent, the UK has 54 per cent, Japan 49 per cent , Malaysia  27 per cent and China  23 per cent gross enrolment ratio .

The DUTA document claimed that changes in higher education structure will affect marginalised sections of the society the most. Especially women, Dalits and the economically underprivileged, are being rendered even more vulnerable than before, it said.

“Their access to socio-economic transformation through quality and inexpensive education is being put under a cloud of doubt,” said the report.

It added that the six education bills pending in Rajya Sabha will open doors for private players in the higher education scenario in state and Central universities, subsequently making it costly and inaccessible for many.