“ 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

468 - IIT alumni discuss changes to JEE with new HRD minister

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 17, 2012

The alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) met with the new human resources development minister M Pallam Raju in Delhi on Friday, in what was described as a "positive meeting", to point out contentious issues in the entrance exam reforms.

The alumni had sought an appointment to raise the issue of the controversial changes to the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for entry into the IITs from next year. The alumni had contended that the changes went against previous court orders and that there were inherent flaws in the system.

The delegation that met the minister released a note after Friday's meeting saying they would follow up in a week, adding that the minister had heard them out and promised to look into the issues.

"[He] promised to give a fresh visit to the issues concerning the IITs, including controversial changes inducted in JEE by his predecessor," said the note from the alumni.

"He showed inclination to take actions which are in the interest of all the stakeholders of the IIT system. Without commenting, either way, on rolling back of the misdirected changes brought in JEE, he promised to give a patient hearing on the issues concerning IIT autonomy, including JEE."

In July, the IITs had agreed to a two-part exam and the use of board exam marks as an eligibility and not admission criterion. It was decided that from next year students would have to clear both exams and be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their Class 12 board to get admission.

The alumni had vehemently opposed the ministry's attempts at changing the JEE. Finally, a compromise formula had been reached, with the IITs agreeing to a two-part exam with board marks as an eligibility, not an admission criteria.