“ 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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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

487 - Revealed: Inside Kota's Rs 300 crore coaching industry, where 1.5 lakh students brave cut-throat competition to crack IIT-JEE - Daily Mail UK

PUBLISHED: 22:22 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 GMT, 23 April 2013

Anamika Rai left her job as UNICEF's district mobilisation co-ordinator in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras in 2011 to take care of her son Vishvesh, who had joined Bansal Classes in Kota to prepare for IIT-JEE (Joint entrance Examination).
The reason? Her son was missing homemade food. 
After landing in Kota she opened a mess in a double-storey house and became an entrepreneur

Business-minded: Enterprising Anamika Rai caters for as many as 150 students in Kota
She started catering meals to about 150 students - almost all dreaming of joining some premier tech institute in the country.
As well as Vishvesh, there are about 1.5 lakh young boys and girls currently studying in one or other of the city's coaching institutes. 
According to the official website of Kota, there are 129 big and small coaching institutes in this city in Hadauti region of Rajasthan.
They coach primarily for joint engineering entrance tests - IIT-JEE (JEE Main+ Advance)/ AIEEE (JEE Main) - and pre-medical tests.
What V.K. Bansal, founder of Bansal classes and now its chairman-cum-managing director, started as tuition classes in 1981 has now become the famous Bansal Classes Pvt Ltd. 
Following Bansal's footsteps, several coaching institutes have mushroomed in Kota and it forms a major part of the Rs 20,000 crore coaching industry in India. 

The annual pay package of a teacher ranges between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 50 lakh and may go up to Rs 2 crore in the case of a star teacher

Most of the premier coaching institutes have their new campuses in Kota's Indraprasth Industrial Area developed by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO), the state enterprise for industrial promotion. 
Several electronic units sold out their industrial sheds to coaching institutes and the the industrial area has promptly changed into a commercial one. 
Cut-throat competition 
A student has to pay as much as Rs 1 lakh tuition fee and an equal amount on lodging and boarding, Anamika said. 
It makes the coaching market of Kota worth Rs 300 crore.
As such, unlike traditional tuition centres, top institutes not only look and behave like places with a corporate approach - they are also engaged in cut-throat competition.

Bansal Classes is one of the premier coaching institutes in Kota, Rajasthan
Latest to join the market is Eduwave, launched by three Jain-brothers who were the faculty members at Bansal Classes. 
The corporate character is also attracting big investment companies. 
Equity broker and financial services group CLSA and Milestone Religare, which have their headquarters in Hong Kong, have reportedly invested Rs 100 crore and Rs 60 crore respectively in Resonance Eduventures. 
Franklin Templeton and Nadathur Group, owned by N.S. Raghavan of Infosys, have invested Rs 50 crore and Rs 54 crore respectively in the rival Career Point. 
"This unhealthy competition has had its negative impact on the students as they lose faith in the system of education that Kota was known for.

One can guess the popularity of this coaching institute by looking at the number of bicycles used by students
"Students don't know when their teacher will shift to another institute," Bansal said. 
In some cases bright students are stolen by rival institutes which offer them financial lures in the form of scholarships and even cash, he added.
The annual pay package of a teacher ranges between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 50 lakh and may go up to Rs 2 crore in the case of a star teacher, Jain said.
"It is in this background that getting an opportunity to teach in an institute has become a status symbol even for those employed in government schools," social activist Brijesh Vijayvargia said.
The mushrooming of coaching institutes has not only given an economic boost, with several hostels and paying guest accommodations coming up in the vicinity of the institutes, but has also placed Kota in a prominent place on India's academic map. 
Suicides rise among students in Kota
But as the competition to grab a seat in the best coaching institutes in Kota is on the rise, so are suicidal tendencies among its students. 
There are instances when parents force their children to undertake coaching and be a part of this cut-throat competition without actually considering the child's aptitude or capacity for the subjects. 
While every parent's dream is to see their ward in the IITs or NITs, which offer 10,000 and 16,000 seats respectively, this puts the child under tremendous stress, at times leading to depression and suicidal tendencies. 

Institutes advertise themselves through banners and kiosks across the town
Every month at least one student commits suicide as they find themselves unable to cope with the pressure, according to Kota police's records. 
The number of suicides, previously eight and six in 2010 and 2011 respectively, almost doubled in 2012 when 11 students committed suicide. 
Up to April 18 this year four students - two boys and an equal number of girls - had taken their lives.
The increasing rate of suicide is a serious matter and requires immediate attention, Dr R.C. Sahni, head of Samvedna Research Foundation, said. 
Sahni added that the main causes for depression among teenaged students were pressure from parents and teachers, and the coaching system - in which ruthless grading is an integral part.
"Instead of telling to compete with one self and acquire excellence students were asked to compete with others", Sahni opined.
The managers of the coaching institutes unanimously alleged that the new system of joint entrance tests, initiated at the behest of HRD minister Kapil Sibal, has unnecessarily increased pressure on students. 
The new system, which gives weight to the board results, was already taken care of in the old system as almost all the qualified students fulfilled the criteria. 

Doctor by day and shopkeeper by night in busy coaching hub

A doctor by profession, Vitul Khandelwal devotes his time to his departmental store in the evenings

Dr Vitul Khandelwal, 40, completed his MBBS from Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Medical College in 1992 and started practising in DCM colony.
Around that time his father had opened a small grocery shop in Talwandi, developed by Rajasthan Housing Board for small and fixed income group families. 

Soon after, like most other colonies of the city, the houses on the main road were converted into multi-storey guest houses and paying guest accommodations for students. 

This first prompted his MBA wife Sulekha to convert the Shrudha Shopee into a departmental store followed by Khandelwal, himself to take up its front desk operations. 

"On the tenth year of my medical practice, I converted my clinic into a partnership venture and started giving my evenings to the departmental store as it was more lucrative," Khandelwal said. 

"With the emergence of coaching institutes and large number of guest houses I found it worth giving more of my time", he added.