“ 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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Monday, June 3, 2013

496 - Only 3,000 from state make the cut for IIT test - TOI

M Ramya, TNN May 8, 2013, 04.32AM IST

CHENNAI: The state boasts of a good school network and several outstanding institutions, but few students qualified for the first JEE (Advanced), Tamil Nadu accounting for only 10% of the successful candidates from the southern states.

A mere 2,643 students from Chennai and 555 students from other parts of the state were among 30,000 students from the southern region who qualified for the test to gain admission to the IITs.

Around 1.5 lakh candidates took the JEE (Main) - the results of which were announced on Tuesday - from across the country and are eligible for the JEE (Advanced).

Scores in the JEE (Main) will be used to determine admission to centrally-funded technical institutions including the National Institutes of Technology, IIITs and some deemed universities.

Students from the southern region, which consists of parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, were second only to those from the western region, including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

The Mumbai region beats the south in sheer numbers, with more than 33,000 students qualifying for JEE (Advanced). More than 24,000 candidates from the Delhi region made the cut.

Though engineering is a craze, most students in the state do not appear to have what it takes, especially when it comes to the application of concepts, to ace the JEE (Main), teachers say.

Comment from RB:
Southern Region ( Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh) : 30,000 
Western Region (Maharastra, MP, Gujarat etc.) : 33,000)
Nothern Region : 24,000
Are the rest from the Eastern Region?

Will be interesting to see how many finally qualify for IIT admissions from each State/Region

Of the 30,000 from Southern Region, only 3298 are from Tamilnadu. And of the 3298, 2643 are from Chennai city indicating clearly the coaching effect!. In Tamilnadu Board Examination, students from the towns such as Coimbatore, Namakalm Salem, Rasipuram etc. are supposed to be the top rankers, a large number getting over 90% but only 555 have qualified for JEE Advanced from the rest of Tamilnadu. This clearly show how these students get such high marks - through rote learning. These high rankers then get admitted to the state professional institutions since the admissions are based only on marks. We can imagine the kind of professionals they would turn out to be.