“ 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, January 16, 2013

452 - IITs reel under teaching staff shortage

Prakash Kumar, New Delhi, Oct 2, 2012, DHNS:
33 per cent of the sanctioned faculty strength lying vacant
Technical institutions in the country are facing an acute shortage of teachers, notwithstanding the government’s tall claims on its efforts to improve the quality of education.

According to records with the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, nearly 33 per cent of the sanctioned faculty strength is lying vacant in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and about 35 per cent in the National Institutes of Technology.

Besides, 19.25 per cent of the posts in the engineering colleges, approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), are vacant.
“The number of students increased by 54 per cent there by increasing the requirement of faculty,” a senior IIT faculty told Deccan Herald.

The teacher-student ratio in the seven older IITs is about 1:16 at present, higher than the suggested 1:10. In the eight new IITs, the ratio is about 1:8, in adherence to the international standards. About 1,600 teaching positions are required to offset the faculty shortage in the 15 IITs in the country.

An HRD Ministry official said the government has initiated several measures to meet the faculty shortage. Recently, the government decided to allow the faculty, working under the Central government or Central autonomous bodies, to join the newly set up Central educational institutions on long-term deputation basis for a period of ten years.
The AICTE has also allowed the recruitment of teachers with B Tech degrees as pro-term lecturers.

A pro-term lecturer will have to obtain a masters degree within three years.
“But, non-availability of qualified candidates for taking up teaching assignments in engineering colleges is a serious issue. Most of the students, after completing B Tech, get lucrative offers from the private sector. Why will a B Tech opt for a teaching job for Rs 16-18,000 per month?” a faculty at IIT-Kanpur said.

Contract faculty

The institutions are engaging contract, adjunct and visiting faculties to meet the shortage. The government had also launched a special recruitment drive to fill the backlog vacancies for SCs, STs and OBCs in the centrally funded technical institutions.

“One of the major issues is that students are not going for PhDs. Very few institutes conduct PhD programmes (in engineering courses). We are now trying to increase the number of PhDs. I think, this will start yielding results in the next five years. Filling of faculty positions is not an easy task,” Director of IIT Guwahati, Gautam Barua, told Deccan Herald.

The government aims at expanding its research output to produce 10,000 PhDs annually from around 1,000 at present, besides increasing the faculty strength from around 4,000 at present, to 16,000 by 2020, an HRD Ministry official said.