“ 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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464 - IIT panel proposes 80% fee hike for undergraduates Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2228281/IIT-panel-proposes-80-fee-hike-undergraduates.html#ixzz2I7dKHD53 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

PUBLISHED: 21:12 GMT, 5 November 2012 | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 5 November 2012

The decks have been cleared for a substantive hike in tuition fee at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). 

The 13 elite tech schools could increase their fee for undergraduate programmes by 80 per cent - Rs 50,000 per annum to Rs 90,000 per annum - from the next academic year if the IIT Council approves the standing committee's recommendation finalised on Monday. 

The IIT Council is the final authority on this issue and is scheduled to meet on January 7.

The elite tech schools may hike fee from next academic year if approved by IIT council

If approved, this proposed increase in the fee will not affect students from the Schedule Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC quota.

It's only meant for the general category students. The suggestion seems well-timed as the HRD ministry has recently witnessed a change in leadership.
It would be interesting to see if this recommendation can pass muster at the meeting of the IIT Council under the chairmanship of the new HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju as his predecessor Kapil Sibal wasn't in favour of a fee hike. 

Last year, he along with all IIT directors had agreed "in principle" on an alternative by which all IIT graduates would have to reimburse their alma mater the expenditure incurred on them after having found a job.

According to members of the standing committee, the IITs cannot wait for Sibal's idea to materialise as its implementation hinges on political consensus. 
For the uninitiated the National Academic Depository Bill is still pending in the Parliament. The Bill enables a shift to "demat" degrees. 
"Once the Demat system is in place, then the degrees of the IIT graduates will reflect the obligation to pay back to the institute and money will come back via the employer," Sibal had told reporters immediately after the IIT Council meeting in September last year. 

 Although, HRD ministry officials insist that Sibal's proposal still stands, they agree that till the idea is implemented there is a need for immediate fee hike as there has been none at least for the last three years. 

The suggested fee hike has been justified on the ground that the annual budget of the IITs has been consistently increasing (because of inflation) with no corresponding increase in their income. 

"What we get from the government is quite less than our budget. And looking at the present fiscal situation, it's unlikely that they will increase our grants.
Increasing tuition is the only way for the IITs to make up for this huge deficit," an IIT director, a member of the standing committee, who did not wish to be identified, said. 

"The proposed fee of Rs 90,000 per annum is still way less than what good private institutes charge today. Moreover, many general category students are also covered under scholarship.