“ 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

455 - Maharashtra to join JEE for engineering from 2014-15

TNN Sep 13, 2012, 06.26AM IST

PUNE: Admissions to engineering colleges in the state during the forthcoming academic year (AY) 2013-14 will be based on the common entrance test (CET) to be conducted by the state government. On Wednesday, the state cabinet approved the department of higher and technical education's (H&TE) proposal which provides that the state should join the HRD ministry's single entrance test, called the national joint entrance exam (JEE), for engineering admissions from AY 2014-15.

The H&TE proposal also provides for a 50:50 relative weightage to performance in the JEE Main and the school board marks, as the basis for drafting the merit list for engineering admissions in the state. Only the marks scored in physics, chemistry and mathematics will be considered for the 50% school board weightage.

The Indian Statistical Institute is working on a formula for normalisation of marks for different school boards including the CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB and state boards. The cabinet's decision puts to rest all speculation over when the state is to join the JEE, which will commence from AY 2013-14 primarily for the centrally-funded technical institutions (CFTIs) like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), NITs, NIITs etc.

During his visit to the city last month, H&TE minister Rajesh Tope had sounded out the department's plan to recommend the JEE for the state from 2014-15 and a 50:50 relative weightage to performance in JEE Main and school board. It may be noted that the ministry's plan involves conduct of JEE in stages, i.e. the JEE Main and JEE Advanced, the last named is for admissions to the coveted IITs. The ministry had left it for the respective states to decide their own plan about when to join the JEE and what relative weightage to adopt.