“ 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

473 - Mock tests for students taking IIT entrance examination

Mock tests for students taking IIT entrance examination

Tests to be held from second week of January; students can make changes in application form after registration

New Delhi: Students taking the first single exam for entering the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other engineering colleges in April will get a chance to take part in mock tests as part of an effort by the government and the IITs to familiarize admission seekers with the new format.
In another first, students will also be allowed to make changes in their application form, once in January, after the ongoing registration process for the exam ends in mid-December.

The mock test will be conducted for almost three months beginning in the second week of January, said Vineet Joshi, chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which is in charge of conducting the joint entrance exam (main, JEE Main) for all centrally-funded technical schools. 

CBSE functions under the human resource development (HRD) ministry.
“This will clear the doubts in the minds of students and make them aware of the JEE pattern in its first edition,” he said.

In May, the government decided to allow admission to all IITs and centrally-funded engineering institutes through a single test to reduce stress on students who sit for multiple entrance examinations. The so-called one nation, one test formula was adopted after a nationwide debate.

For selection to the elite IITs, students who finish among the top 150,000 in the entrance test will sit for another exam. To qualify for admission, they will need to finish in the top 20 percentile of their respective school board exams.
Joshi said since students from all school boards will take the test, they need to have a “look and feel of computer-based examination in a simulated environment”. There will be more than one sample test available for aspirants.

According to an official estimate, more than 1.2 million students are expected to appear for the test. The test will be conducted both in the pen-and-paper and online formats. There are nearly 25,000 seats available in all centrally-funded engineering schools, including 9,700 at the 15 IITs.

“The mock test will be a great idea. Since JEE (Main) will be key for entering IITs, it would be of immense help to students like me. I don’t have any problem with top 20 percentile, but any mistake with JEE (Main) will be a spoiler. So, it’s better to practice these mock tests before hand,” said Raghavendra Dhal, a Lucknow-based student.

Authorities said the registration process for JEE 2013 had already started and they had received feedback from students about the mistakes they had made in filling the forms online.

“Based on the feedback, we have now decided that sometime in January, we will open a window for registered candidates to make suitable correction on their forms in a variety of issues like their personal details, test-taking city, preference for centre, etc.,” Joshi said. According to the JEE (Main) website, aspirants who wish to take the computer-based test can review or re-answer any question at any point of time during the examination. Last year, IITs made answer sheets public to bring transparency to the system, Mint reported on 2 May.

Sanjeev Sanghi, a professor of IIT Delhi, said the IIT system had stayed robust because of its innovative approach and the debate it conducts before it takes any decision. “We are always (working) for the betterment of aspirants.”