“ 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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454 - Uniform curriculum for engineering subjects soon KARNATAKA, Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 10:50am IST Sangeetha Samuel

13, 2012 at 10:50am IST

A uniform curriculum for all undergraduate engineering subjects across the country would be implemented from the next academic year. And a final decision to this effect would be taken soon by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), said Prof Pallapa Venkataram, Principal, Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) and chairman of Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).
 The idea behind the move, according to him, was to enhance the quality of engineering courses and bring it on par with international standards. The common curriculum would bridge the disparities in the contents of engineering subjects.
 The new curriculum would be applicable to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and private engineering colleges. After several rounds of meetings, the AICTE has worked out the templates of common curriculum for all subjects which would be hosted on its web portal by August next year.
 These templates can be used by the engineering institutions, the professor added. Pointing out at the need for a common curriculum, he said: “A survey pointed out that the teaching standards of engineering education in certain private engineering colleges was low.
 Hence, the Ministry of Human Resources Development and AICTE decided to revise and refine the curriculum so that the technical education in private engineering colleges would be on par with that of IITs”.
 Venkataram, who has been the coordinator for two engineering subjects explained: “For every subject eight professors from the IITs have brainstormed to arrive at a common curriculum.
 Two meetings are to be held by the HRD Ministry. The AICTE would host the templates of the common curriculum at the earliest. ” The private engineering colleges have readily agreed for the revision and to upgrade the engineering subjects, which would augment the quality of technical education in the country.
 “However, the private engineering colleges have cited the issue of faculty paucity in implementing the common curriculum,” he said.  But the AICTE has taken several steps like training courses and workshops for improving the quality of faculty, Venkataram said and added that at present there is a paucity of 40,000 engineering teachers across the country.