“ 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

465 - Super 30 founder opposes proposed fee hike of IITs

Pranava Kumar Chaudhary, TNN Nov 7, 2012, 08.24PM IST

PATNA: With decks cleared for a substantive hike in tuition fee at the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Super 30 founder and mathematician Anand Kumar said it could go against the interest of meritorious students from poor families, who were already unable to bear the education expenses.

"The 13 IITs will increase fee for undergraduate programmes by 80% - 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. This is too sharp an increase, especially for the underprivileged sections," Kumar told TOI.

Kumar said there was no justification of this at a time when the people were already grappling with price rise and growing expenses of education. "For poor students, it is a reality that even loans are not easy to get. As they don't get quality schooling, they have to spend even for alternative coaching. But now, even if they qualify, they will find it hard to afford," he added.

Citing Bihar's instance, he said in a state like Bihar with 60-70% BPL population and poor track record of banks in giving education loans, such a steep hike could have a detrimental effect. "In a welfare state, education should at least be kept accessible and affordable," he added.

He said that drawing a comparison between the fee structure of IITs and some of the private institutions was not the right way to look at it. "Private institutes have sheer private motive, but the government should not see it from the point of view of profit only. Education is an investment for the future, not present," he added.