“ 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

477 - HRD minister steps in to boost quality in IITs, IIMs

HRD minister steps in to boost quality in IITs, IIMs
Prakash Kumar NEW DELHI, Dec 22, 2012, DHNS
‘Institutes not focussing on academic excellence’

Dissatisfied with the performance of newly set up IITs and IIMs, the government has gone tough on their directors, asking them to concentrate more on academic excellence and research in their institutes than on administrative issues.

This came at a recent meeting held by Human Resource Development Minister MM Pallam Raju with the heads of these premier technical and management institutes here.

During the meeting, the minister observed that the directors of these institutes were more concerned with their problems like difficulties in getting land from the state governments for setting up of permanent campus, utilisation of funds and purchase of equipments.

“The minister asked the directors to concentrate more on the academic matters like teaching, getting good faculty, industry linkage and enhancing research output,” sources in the HRD Ministry told Deccan Herald. The Centre established eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and six Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) during 11th Five Year Plan in order to create more quality professionals.

“However, they are yet to start yielding the desired results as they continue to focus more administrative issues than achieving academic excellence,” sources added.

Some of these institutes are yet to get adequate land for permanent campus while others, which have got land, are yet to finalise the master plan for the main campus. While the land has been handed over to IIT Mandi partially, the master plans are not ready for IIT-Jodhpur and IIT-Ropar.

Civil construction work of the departments and labs is to start at the sites meant for IITs in Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Jodhpur and Ropar. Among the new IIMs, IIM Ranchi is yet to get the land from the state government.

The directors feel that permanent campus would help their institutes enhance the academic and research activities. However, the minister, during the meeting, suggested that being academicians, they should focus more on academic issues and administrative issues like setting up of permanent campus should be handled by the registrar and other officials of their institutes, sources added.