“ 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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Friday, January 18, 2013

476 - New IITs fail to make the grade just four years after they were created

PUBLISHED: 21:10 GMT, 10 December 2012 | UPDATED: 23:12 GMT, 10 December 2012

Four years after they were established, the new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are turning out to be just a 'quantitative' achievement.
Seven out of the eight new institutions are yet to attract almost half the number of teachers that the central government had expected them to.
That the new institutes are on a bumpy ride to achieving the levels of 'IIT' excellence is evident from the latest HRD ministry data, which shows that apart from IITHyderabad, all the new institutes are facing a shortage of anything between 40 to 50 per cent in permanent faculty posts. 

For instance, IIT-Ropar and IIT-Mandi, which is the youngest of all new IITs, haven't filled 49 per cent and 53 per cent of permanent faculty positions, respectively.
While this may not affect the teaching of programmes so much - as the lack of teachers is being made up with temporary appointments, adjunct and guest faculty - the shortage has contributed in stunting the growth in the number of programmes offered and, consequently, the number of students.

Location problem
The reasons for this failure are being attributed to a number of factors, the biggest being the remote location of new IITs.
'No new IIT should be located in areas that aren't well developed. Why would a good teacher want to join us when the connectivity is poor and the city/town doesn't offer good job opportunities to his or her spouse and good schooling options for his or her kids?' the head of one of the new IITs said.
It's not as if this problem has come as a bolt from the blue for the institute directors or the government.
The establishment of eight new IITs - at Mandi, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Ropar, Hyderabad, Indore, Bhubaneswar and Patna - by the UPA government in 2008 had come in for severe criticism, especially in academic circles, as they had been set up by mere declaration, without any ground work. 

The seven old IITs were burdened with the tall order of executing the political decision and getting everything in order for the new IITs.
Faculty shortage at the new IITs is just one of the byproducts of the proposal that was clearly not thought through.
Even four years after their establishment, directors of the new IITs continue to function out of their temporary campuses.


With the exception of IIT-Mandi and IITBhubaneswar, the remaining institutes continue to miss their target of beginning construction at the permanent campus sites.
The delay was because of the red-tapism in getting land approval from the state and central departments.
According to HRD officials, Pallam Raju, the new incumbent, was also apprised of these problems and the status of campus construction during a review meeting of the new IITs on Monday.
Review meetings
The ministry is, meanwhile, treating this matter with a sense of urgency. Apart from writing letters to urge all central institutions to fill up vacant teaching positions, the ministry has started conducting review meetings every month of the new IITs and IIMs to ensure that everything's on track.
'Despite the locational disadvantage, IITs do not dilute their selection criteria and resort to distress recruitment, which could dilute quality of faculty and we obviously don't push them to,' said another senior ministry official.
According to M.K. Surappa, director, IIT Ropar, in spite of campus and faculty woes on paper, things are not bad on ground.
'I agree we are facing difficulty in attracting faculty because of the location. But even though we haven't been able to recruit the entire sanctioned strength of teachers, we haven't also increased our seats for each programme either. So our student to teacher ratio remains a healthy 1:10,' he said.
To neutralise locational disadvantage, some of the new institutes have started to carve a niche in areas that are relevant to their surroundings.
For instance, IIT-Mandi is working on specialising in sustainable development.
At IITRopar, spouses of selected candidates have also been offered teaching or research opportunities as an incentive to attract faculty. 

Comparing new and old IITs is unfair

The statistics provided by the HRD ministry to Parliament are factually correct. Most of the new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have not been able to fill up almost 50 per cent of the 90-plus faculty positions approved under the 11th Five Year Plan. 
But this fact cannot necessarily be seen as 'faculty shortage'. 
The term gives the impression that the new IITs do not have the resources to run viable programmes and that is far from the truth. The issue of vacant positions has to be, therefore, looked at cautiously. 
Having said that, I also want to make it clear that my argument of looking at the issue of vacant positions in perspective should not be interpreted as an excuse. 
There are no excuses in academic pursuits. An average strength of 50 professors is not optimal for institutes with ambition as high as that of the IITs. 
But one has to allow the new IITs to build themselves like the old institutes have over the past five decades. 
Drawing comparisons between the old and the new at this stage is completely unfair. 
Also, let's not forget that the new IITs are competing with the older institutions for the same talent pool of teachers, which hasn't shown any dramatic changes in terms of numbers over the last five years. 
All employment offers made by the new IITs do not translate into teachers actually joining, especially in cases where a candidate has offers from an old and a new IIT. Older IITs with their robust campuses and established research facilities obviously hold better promise for a professor. 
The new institutions also have the locational disadvantage (living in remote location may not appeal to most applicants), but it's time new IITs stop complaining about that. 
The way forward is to work on making academic life at the new IITs of very high order and that can neutralise the locational disadvantage. 
Faculty will opt for a new IIT, irrespective of the small town the campus is in, as long as the opportunities of research are good. 
The new IITs also have the opportunity to induct new ideas into their campus buildings. 
IIT Jodhpur, for instance, has the desire to have a green and interactive campus and it's quite possible to do so as their campus will be built from scratch. 
Such changes are difficult to make for old institutes. 
The writer is a renowned scientist and chairman of the board of governors of IIT-Jodhpur (As told to Ritika Chopra)