“ 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

442 - Pessimism a result of revolution of rising expectations, says PM - TNN

TNN Aug 19, 2012, 06.44AM IST

MUMBAI: At a time when the nation is facing an economic slowdown, when its corporate czars are lambasting the government over a paralysis of its functioning and when corruption charges are flying fast and thick, the country's prime minister says the excessive pessimism and negativism stems from a "revolution of rising expectations" .

Speaking at the 50th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay , Singh said, "Hopes are high, but often not realized." Recalling his humble beginning in the village of Gah, he said, "I studied in the light of a kerosene lamp in a dusty village that had no power, no school or college. There has been enormous improvement ... The progress that has been registered has often fallen short of the expectations of our people."

Stating that this is not a gloomy end, but a patch, he said the fundamentals of the Indian economy were still sound and with greater effort, it would be possible to go back to the pre-crisis growth rate of eight to nine per cent per annum . To the graduating class of 2012, he said, "I am confident about the future of India. Because you are the future."

The outturn of the 50th batch of IITB had 2,006 graduating students; a total of 180 PhD degrees were awarded, as compared to 179 last year, 55 medals were also awarded in various disciplines . An honorary doctorate degree was conferred on Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro. To his "fellow students" as Premji addressed them because he never stopped being a student, the tech titan goaded stduents to make mistakes and learn from them, to be experimental , innovative and bold, to have confidence , to earn as much as was needed, to make excellence a habit and contribute to society.