“ 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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Saturday, August 25, 2012

437 - New format of exam to join IITs challenged in HC - TNN

TNN Aug 8, 2012, 02.28AM IST

MUMBAI: The Forum for Fairness in Education, along with nine parents, has challenged in Bombay high court the new format of the competitive entrance exam to join engineering colleges, including the Indian Institutes of Technology. The new format, proposed by the HRD ministry, comprises one national competitive exam that is made of the JEE-main, followed by a JEE-advanced exam.

Terming the new process of selecting candidates "unfair", the petition stated that every student must be allowed to sit for both exams and the new format of the exam must not be implemented in 2013. In the new format, every student has to take the JEE-main exam and the advanced exam, to join the IITs can be taken only by the top 20% candidate

Stating that the decision to make only 20 percentile from each board eligible for the entrance test as "arbitrary, discriminative and unreasonable", the petitioners said marks and competitiveness across boards cannot be equated.

The petitioners stated that the process must be set aside and the upcoming exam in 2013 must follow the same pattern as the Joint Entrance Exam 2012. The petition states that denying a student the right to appear for the JEE Advanced exam would not constitute a fair and transparent common admission process. 

The petitioners said most students start preparing for competitive exams after class X and 2013 would be too early for students to adapt to the new format of the exam.