“ 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

460 - Alumni ask new HRD minister to look afresh at IIT entry test pattern


New Delhi, Oct 31, 2012, DHNS:
The alumni association of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has sent a letter to the new Union human resource development minister M M Pallam Raju to look into the changed pattern of IIT-Joint Entrance Exam, which underwent changes during ex-HRD minster Kapil Sibal’s tenure.

“With a change in command in the HRD ministry, we are re-energising our drive to make the government understand that the new IIT-JEE pattern will solve none of the three problems Sibal had identified, rather the new pattern does exactly the opposite,” said Somnath Bharti, president of IIT-D Alumni Association.

Students are stressed due to multiplicity of entrance tests, heavy dependency on coaching institutes and lack of interest in school education.

“These problems cannot be fixed by disturbing a well-established entrance examination to the premier-most institutes of India,” he added.
Sibal had proposed that 40 per cent marks should be counted from class 12 board exams, and the rest through the common entrance test.

The proposal was criticised by a section of the IITs, which felt that the autonomy enjoyed by the IITs while conducting their own JEE has been taken away.
Students were of the view that with board marks being counted, it will be difficult for them to prepare for the entrance exam and score well in boards too.

Finally, it was decided that students who score in the top 20 per cent of their board exams will take the main or multiple-choice exam. The format will be implemented from 2013.

“Restricting the eligibility to JEE (main) to top 20 percentile of school boards, we believe is pro-rich and will be detrimental to the interests of students from rural India,” Bharti had said earlier.

The association members have sought an appointment with Raju to discuss the
matter.