“ 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

480 - States unwilling to join new IIT-JEE format

By SI News
As the government moves ahead with its plan for a common engineering entrance test, amajority of states at a meeting of education ministers on Tuesday refused to join the new IIT-JEE entrance format for institutions run by them.

A proposed new format for the Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) merges it with All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) and states have been given freedom to decide on joining the common entrance exam.

However, except Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat, states at the Tuesday meeting did not express willingness to join the new JEE, said sources.

"Majority of states have not agreed to join the new format of common entrance examfor the state-run institutions," an official from the human resource development ministry said, declining to be named.

At the meeting, the states, however, did not oppose the adoption of the new pattern for central institutions.

A statement from the ministry said: "After detailed deliberations, the proposal for a common examination process for admission to engineering programmes was supported unanimously."

Most state ministers also disagreed on different criteria set for IITs and other institutions.

The new entrance test format combines IIT-JEE and AIEEE, and the successful candidates will be admitted to IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other central institutions. The government proposal says within this format a different yardstick will be adopted for admission to IITs, which will only take students with higher percentage in the test.

States are opposed to this and have sought the same criteria for admission to IITs, NITs and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs). HRD Minister Kapil Sibal remained non-committal on accepting this demand.

The new pattern, after the merger of AIEEE and IIT-JEE, will have two papers -- main and advanced -- and will also include a fixed weightage from the Class 12 boardexam results.

IIT professors and alumni have opposed the move, saying it will dilute the standards of IITs.

"If the yardstick for admission to IITs and other institutions is made same, it will dilute the IITs as envisioned by first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru," said IIT-Delhi Alumni Association president Somnath Bharti.

He called the proposal an "eyewash". "It will not reduce multiplicity of entrance tests, nor will it stop the coaching institutions. Rather coaching will now be given for all board exams, and the two papers for the JEE." IANS