“ 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, July 26, 2012

417 - Coaching doesn’t guarantee entry to IITs, says Super 30 Anand - Deccan Herald

Bangalore, Jul 22, 2012, DHNS :

Eighty per cent of the students who get into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) do not attend coaching classes, according to the renowned mathematician and founder of the Super 30 programme, Anand Kumar.

 “It’s a false notion that every IIT aspirant should attend coaching classes,” Kumar said. “Attending IIT tutorials does not guarantee you a place in premier institutes.” He was speaking at ‘Gateway to IITs’, a training workshop for students organised by Deccan Herald and Prajavani at the Shikshakara Bhavana here on Sunday.

According to Kumar, most of these students also go on to do well in semester examinations during the four-year course. He disagreed with the popular belief that students who are not taught the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) syllabus at II PUC/+2 level would be at a disadvantage while writing the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) next year.

There were numerous instances of students excelling in the national-level examination despite not having studied the NCF at the pre-university level, Kumar asserted. The mathematician is of the opinion that children should be groomed at an early age for the IITs.

Later in the afternoon session, Kumar gave tips to students on solving mathematical problems. “It’s like solving a murder mystery,” he said. “One should first prepare a strategy. Getting the first step right is very important.”

The following steps should be employed: Understand the problem: identify its logic and the target (what needs to be achieved). Understanding the unknown, finding the data, and the conditions are crucial. Kumar listed four prerequisites for success — tremendous thrust, positive thinking, continuous hard work and great patience.

Dr Ali Khwaja, Chairman of Banjara Academy, impressed upon them the importance of acquiring emotional intelligence. Dr Khwaja had a word of caution for parents. In his words, parents cannot pass the buck about their family members’ behaviour. He
urged parents to involve their children, especially the teenaged, in decision-making.

“They might not be interested. But make them feel that they are important,” he said.
The workshop was well received. Narendra, a teacher at Government Pre-University College, Kolar, said he didn’t know that emotional intelligence was such a diverse subject. Although he struggled to follow Kumar who spoke in Hindi, Narendra says the powerpoint presentation made up for that “shortcoming”.

Harindra Babu S attended the workshop along with his son Skanda Swaroop, a Class 9 student. He said that students lacked continuous hard work and patience. Vishwas U, a II PU student, found the workshop informative. “I wish a workshop is devoted entirely to mathematics,” he said.

Bank of Baroda presented the Sun Lifetime Achievement Award to Kumar.