“ 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

461 - Fee at IITs may rise by Rs 40,000 per annum, council to meet on Nov 5



New Delhi: The standing committee of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Council which meets in Mumbai on November 5 is expected to recommend raising tuition fee of undergraduate programme from Rs 50,000 to Rs 90,000.
The development comes as an empowered task force is still considering the details for implementation of the Kakodkar Committee which had in 2011 recommended a steep hike of Rs 2-2.5 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 50,000.

According to sources, as the task force is in the process of deliberation, the proposal for raising the fee by Rs 40,000 per annum would be taken up by the directors as an "interim measure". The Kakodkar Committee constituted by the Council of IITs had suggested the four-fold increase in tuition fee to help IITs attain financial independence.

The IIT Council had given in principle approval to the recommendation to be implemented from 2013, with the then HRD minister stating that the extra burden would be "paid back" by students once they are employed.
While the empowered task force is deliberating the issue, the group of directors of IITs, in the meantime, at a meeting in February considered the proposal for tuition fee hike, the matter of which would come before the standing committee on November 5, the sources said. The meet is also expected to take up the issue of periodic peer review of IITs as per the recommendation of the Kakodkar Committee.

The committee had stated that the government should, through the IIT Council, exercise its prerogative over the IIT by invoking the power of the visitor every five years so that the achievements and governance of the IITs is reviewed by a committee.
This would ensure transparency and accountability to the government and the public. The government can take any corrective step based on this report without impinging on its autonomy.