“ 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

422 - Cut-offs released for IIT aspirants may be unreliable - Hindustan Times

Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 23, 2012

The board examination cut-off marks for eligibility to the Indian Institutes of Technology next year may vary significantly from those released this week by school boards as indicators of what to expect, data suggests.

Variations in performances across years in each board, coupled with the expectation that students are likely to study harder for school-leaving examinations next year, make the released cut-off indicators unreliable.

The Council of Central Boards of Secondary Education (CoBSE) has compiled a list of percentage scores that separate the top 20% students from the rest in each board this year. The CoBSE and the human resources development (HRD) ministry have argued that these cut-off scores are unlikely to fluctuate much next year, and act as indicators of what students need to score to be eligible for IIT admissions.

But the scores of even just the top one percentile students varies significantly across years for several boards, an analysis of performances in 2008, 2009 and 2010 shows.

“There is no reason why scores next year should follow the pattern they followed this year,” said Ajit Chaturvedi, head of the Delhi University statistics department, when asked whether the marks released by the CoBSE can be treated as indicators for 2013

In the Andhra Pradesh board for instance, students who scored more than 81.2% in 2008 were in the top 1%. But just two years later, in 2010, a score of 95.2% – 14 percentage points higher – marked the top 1 percentile.

The cut-off for the top 1 percentile in the Bihar board swung between 66.7% in 2008 and 74% in 2010, from 67.8% to 61.4% in Jharkhand and 69.2% to 77% in Uttar Pradesh over the same period.

But there’s another reason too why the cut-off marks released by the CoBSE cannot be treated as reliable indicators, experts argue.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry has introduced the new IIT eligibility criterion requiring that students secure a spot in top 20 percent of their board with the aim of making them focus on board examinations more than at present.

This is likely to make students study harder for board examinations next year, which should significantly push up the cut-off corresponding to the top 20 percent, Chaturvedi said.