“ 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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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

429 - HRD Ministry in huddle after Plan panel nixes new universities Urmi Goswami, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Planning Commission's decision against setting up new colleges and universities in the Twelfth Plan period except under "exceptional circumstances" has scurried HRD ministry back to the drawing board.
The immediate casualties of this decision are a central university in Uttar Pradesh, and in Maharashtra (Amravati), an IIT in Palakkad and another centrally-funded technical institute in Kerala. The Plan panel's argument is that the ministry should focus on "consolidation and not expansion" in the Twelfth Plan period as there is already a "huge liability" from the proactive expansion in the Eleventh Plan period.

The Eleventh Plan had envisaged large scale expansion of the higher education sector-30 central universities, eight IITs, eight IIMs, ten National institutes of Technology, 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology, three Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, 74 degree colleges in backward areas.

Sources in the Planning Commission stressed that the ministry needs to think through its proposals for setting up new central institutions. "There is a serious resource crunch, the fact is that there are no funds for new institutions.

The focus should be on implementing the massive expansion plan that the government committed itself for the Eleventh Plan. Consolidation should be the mantra of the Twelfth Plan. New institutions can be considered under exceptional circumstances," a senior official said.

The ministry is now working out criteria that would define "exceptional circumstances". Once it does so, it will re-submit the four proposals. For the time being, the "exceptional circumstances" criteria appears to be a convenient way of putting proposals on the back burner.

However, unwritten factors like pressure, or political contingency would clearly be explained away as "exceptional circumstances". The recent decision to set up two central universities in Bihar clearly falls into this rubric-provision had been made for only one university in the plan.

Even as the Plan panel has left the door open for such contingencies, it is clear that the old system of setting up new institutes without actually building up the older ones will not be acceptable. "Existing ideas have to implemented, and these should not suffer from shortage of funds. It would make more sense to focus on quality and expand where and when it is really required," an official said.

The plan panel's stance is in line with its approach to the Twelfth Plan-"there must be a strategic shift from mere expansion to improvement in quality higher education. For this, the focus should be not only on larger enrollment, but also on the quality of the expansion."