“ 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

421 - 4 facts about IIT-JEE 2013 Editorial Team, 24, July

The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for the IITs now states that only the top 20 percentiles from each state board shall be eligible to sit for the exam from 2013.

This means that students will have to change the pattern in which they study for the exams. While some reports have claimed that the changes will see a boom in coaching institutes, we list four facts that all students sitting for IIT-JEE 2013 should be aware of.

The new rules also state that students who qualify to sit for the exam in 2013 will have to sit for a main paper and advanced paper. While critics state that the plan has not been thought out well, it seems like students have little choice but to take note of the changes.

1. Students from boards where marking is stricter may be penalised

The top 20 percentile of states differ depending on the how strictly marks are awarded.

A student from Meghalaya scoring 49 percent and a student from Andhra Pradesh scoring 87 percent are both in the 20th percentiles in their respective states.

However, both will have to pass the advanced paper for IIT-JEE to be eligible for IIT.

2. Calculation of Percentile
A student’s percentile score is calculated by dividing the number of students below them with the number of students who appeared for the exam. This ratio is then multiplied by 100.

3. Marks for getting into the top 20 percentile will change each year
Analysis of marks show that the scores students need to get into the top 20 percentile changes each year.
For example, in 2008 a student in AP needed to score 81.2 percent to be in the top 1 percentile.
Two years later, a student needed to get 95.2 percent to get into the top 1 percentile.

4. Board exams may get more competitive
Previously, students needed to score 60 percent to be eligible for IIT JEE for the general category.
From 2013, only the top 20 percentile will be eligible to sit for IIT-JEE. This will force students to study harder for IIT-JEE.