“ 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

481 - 500 IIT-M students yet to be placed, 2nd phase of placements on

CHENNAI: IIT-Madras, which had a good run in the initial phase of the campus placements this year, has a tough task ahead. With more than 500 students yet to be placed in various departments, the institute's placement office expects only around 16 companies to visit in the second phase of the campus season.

Around 60% of the 1,263 students were placed in the first phase. As many as 210 companies visited the campus between December 1 and December 22, 2012, and made 844 offers to 750 students. Seventeen students received more than one offer.

This year IIT-Madras students were offered among the highest pay packages in the country. Samsung Electronics offered six students US$1.5 million. Four of the students took up the offer, while computer science graduates Sujeet Gholap and Nitin Motiani decided to take up positions at Google and Goldman Sachs.

On Wednesday, the first day of the second phase of the campus placement season, at least three students were offered jobs. Students and faculty expect the second phase to be slower than the first. "Hereafter, only one or two interviews will be scheduled because classes have begun for the students," said B Nagarajan, deputy registrar of placements at IIT-Madras. In the beginning of the placement season in December 2012 as many as 12 companies visited the campus.

Among companies visiting the campus in the second phase are Honeywell and DRDO. The second phase is expected to go on till the end of March.

While many of the BTech and dual degree students have been placed, students in courses such as MSc, MS and PhD are yet to find jobs through the placement process. The institute has called on the faculty members to help pull strings in industry to get students in these courses find jobs in areas they are interested in.

Speaking to TOI earlier about BTech and dual degree students being more in demand than PhD and MSc students, IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said that students in these courses had a different agenda when compared to BTech students. We are trying to get the students interested in research and not just employment, he said.

By M Ramya, TNN | Jan 17, 2013, 04.10 AM IST