“ 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

420 - Mark that: AP faces toughest IIT test July 22, 2012 By L. Venkat Ram Reddy DC - Deccan Chronicle

  • July 22, 2012 By L. Venkat Ram Reddy DC
Andhra Pradesh students who usually dominate the IIT-JEE results every year will be at a “disadvantage” over students from other states if the statistics released by the Council of Boards of School Education (CoBSE) are any indication: They have been set the toughest ‘barrier’ for the forthcoming IIT entrance test.

If the proposed IIT-JEE test based on the “top 20 percentile data” comes into force from 2013, AP students will have to secure 87.20 per cent in the Intermediate (10+2) exams, the highest in the country, to become eligible. The next highest state will be Tamil Nadu, whose students will have to get 78.17 per cent. CBSE students across the country, including AP, will need to get 77.80 per cent marks.

The CoBSE, which is the association of various Boards at 10+2 level across the country, has arrived at these cut-off figures based on the top 20 percentile marks secured by students in various 10+2 Board exams this year. Till now, a minimum of 60 per cent in 10+2 was enough to appear for the IIT-JEE. However, with the proposal to allow only students who figure in the top 20 percentile list from each Board to take the test, the cut-off marks for AP students will increase to 87.20 per cent. Other states that come close are Tamil Nadu (78.17), CBSE (77.80), Kerala (76.5), Punjab (70.8), Karnataka (67.5), Jammu and Kashmir (67), Uttar Pradesh (65), Manipur (64.6), Madhya Pradesh (64) and Rajasthan (63.8). At the lower end of the scale, Meghalaya will have to score 49.40 per cent, the lowest in the country. The wide variation in marks is because of different evaluation methods adopted by various Boards.

“The new system is totally irrational. While the Centre talks of reducing the stress for students, it works exactly the opposite way. Students from urban areas and those in corporate colleges will have an edge as they score over 90 per cent marks. Students from rural and weaker sections will not be in a position even to appear for the new test. AP should lodge a protest against the new test with the Centre in the larger interest of our students,” said Madhusudhan Reddy, general secretary of AP Government Junior Lecturers’ Association, which has been agitating against the new test.