“ 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

478 - Short on faculty, IITs look towards students

Short on faculty, IITs look towards students
Himanshi Dhawan, TNN Jan 6, 2013, 06.29AM IST

NEW DELHI: Under-graduate engineering students from technical institutes may be able to teach and earn as they learn at the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Faced with a severe faculty shortage, IITs have proposed mentoring the top 15% under-graduate students from IITs, National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) through a teacher training program.

The proposal will be discussed at the IIT Council meeting on January 7 to be chaired by human resource development minister M M Pallam Raju.

IITs hope this joint program will enhance teacher quality and mitigate faculty shortage. The selected students could be asked to undergo a trainee teacher program at NITs. ``While initially they would assist in teaching they would simultaneously go through part-time post-graduate and doctoral programs so they can acquire higher education qualification that is a prerequisite for teaching at IIT and NITs,'' sources said.

Students taking up teaching programmes is not an unusual feature in many western universities but they are more typically pursuing post-graduate programmes. Students avail of assistantships to help pay university fees.
IITs hope to produce well qualified and skilled teachers and researchers while addressing the faculty needs for under-graduate students.

The ministry had set up a committee to suggest solutions to the lack of faculty in all central government-funded institutes and student-teachers is one of proposals being considered.

According to HRD ministry, IITs suffer from a nearly 33% vacancy while the faculty shortage is about 35% in the NITs. The teacher-student ratio in the 7 older IITs is about 1:16 at present, higher than the suggested 1:10. In the 8 new IITs, the ratio is about 1:8, in adherence to the international standards. About 1,600 teaching positions are required to offset the faculty shortage in the 15 IITs in the country.