“ 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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Monday, August 6, 2012

434 - IIT-Delhi okays common test based on percentile ranking - Indian Express

The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi on Friday joined the liked of IIT-Bombay and IIT-Kanpur by accepting the new format of the Common Entrance Test for admitting students to the undergraduate programme. The new format will come into effect from 2013 and in place of the Joint Entrance Exam currently followed.

The new format will be based on percentile ranking and will retain the existing eligibility condition for students who passed their board examination last year.

The IIT-Delhi senate, which met on Friday to discuss the IIT council decision of June 27, agreed to adopt the new format with certain modifications. It has recommended that a student “has to satisfy either being among the top 20 percentile or have scored a minimum of 60 per cent score in the board examination for admission.”

The meeting was called to examine IIT council’s decision of June 27 which adopted the common entrance test under a compromise formula for admission to undergraduate programme based on percentile ranking of students in their boards. IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur had earlier rejected the common test under a proposed format, forcing the HRD Ministry to float a compromise formula which was adopted by the IIT council.

The senate also recommended that the syllabus of the main and the advance test under the new two-tier format should be identical.

Dean (Academics) in IIT-D Anurag Sharma said, “We have accepted the common entrance test under the format proposed by the IIT council for 2013, but with some riders.”

For 2014 and onwards, he said the senate has resolved to set up a committee to go into the entire gamut of the admission process and “study the experience of the exam in 2013” before making its recommendations.