“ 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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Sunday, June 2, 2013

495 - Government sets up agency to streamline entrance exams - LiveMint


The govt announced the setting up of a National Testing Agency to streamline all high-profile competitions

First Published: Sat, Jun 01 2013. 12 03 AM IST

NTA will be a professional body that will use external test delivery agencies to conduct competitions, according to an HRD ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Photo: Hindustan Times


New Delhi: After successfully completing the first common engineering entrance exam for all central government-funded technical colleges, the government on Friday announced the setting up of a National Testing Agency (NTA) to streamline all such high-profile competitions.

These include the Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) and the National Eligibility Test (NET).

The new agency will handle such tests instead of regulators such as the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

“The rationale for setting up the NTA lies in ensuring that multiplicity of entrance examination leading to stress on the students is addressed in a comprehensive manner by formulating a uniform entrance examination for admissions in different branches of higher learning,” the human resource development (HRD) ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also set up a seven-member task force led by Sanjay Dhande, the former director of IIT-Kanpur that will have representatives from CBSE, UGC, AICTE, the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT) and the HRD ministry.

“Among the three wings of education—teaching, learning and evaluation—the third one is the worse off. The effort is to professionalize that and build expertise in this domain,” said Dhande.

“The new agency will be a body like ETS (Educational Testing Service) of the US,” Dhande said.

ETS conducts examinations such as Graduation Record Examination (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (Toefl). Evaluation is about building expertise in areas such as psychometry, statistics and domain knowledge and NTA will engage with that, he said.

NTA will be a professional body that will use external test delivery agencies to conduct competitions, according to an HRD ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), NET, the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and similar other entrance exams can be conducted by private entities under the supervision of the NTA.

While CMAT is an entrance exam for graduate courses run by B-schools under the AICTE, GATE is an entrance test for postgraduate courses and doctoral programmes in the IITs and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. GATE is also used by some public sector undertakings (PSUs) to select entry-level candidates.

NET is conducted for determining the eligibility of candidates for junior research fellowships and lectureships at various Indian universities and colleges. Currently GATE is conducted by the IITs, NET by UGC, CMAT by AICTE and CTET by CBSE. More than five million students sit for these tests every year.

The HRD ministry said that the task force will prepare a blueprint for “creating a special purpose vehicle” to take the NTA forward. The ministry expects NTA to start conducting tests in 2014.

The ministry said the plan was discussed with state education ministers in the first week of April.

Besides education regulators and institutes, the ministry has already interacted with a few private testing agencies that can be roped in as test delivery partners.
“We have attended at least two rounds of dialogue and they are open to the idea of partnering private players,” said the head of a testing firm requesting anonymity.
   

First Published: Sat, Jun 01 2013. 12 03 AM IST