“ 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

467 - CBSE to conduct joint entrance exam in April


Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times
Ludhiana, November 15, 2012

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the offline mode of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) on April 7, 2013. The online examination will be held on April 8 and 25. The board has decided that for admission to national institutes of technology (NITs) and centrally-funded technical institutions such as the Indian institutes of technology (IITs), the merit/rank will be based on 40% weightage to school board marks in Class 12 and 60% weightage to the JEE (Main).

The last date for applying online is December 15. The last date for receipt of the “confirmation receipt” at the JEE (Main) secretariat is December 26 (by registered/speed post only).

Paper one (physics, chemistry and mathematics) will be conducted in two modes - offline (pen and paper-based examination) and online. Paper two (mathematics, aptitude test and drawing test) of the JEE (Main) will be conducted in the offline mode.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Pradeep Singh, principal of Shamrock Christian Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, said, “The board’s decision to count 40% of the marks scored by students in Class 12 will make it tough for them to get admission to IITs. Now, it has become more important for students to score well in Class 12.”

Ankita Chaudhary, a Class-12 student in a private school here, said, “I am working very hard as I want to score more than 90% marks in Class-12 board exams. Only then do I stand a chance of getting admission in an IIT.”