“ 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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Thursday, July 11, 2013

501 - Not so 'sought after' anymore? IIT seats go vacant as 769 reject admission - India Today

Spending four years at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a dream millions of aspiring engineers seek to achieve. But in an unprecedented statistic, as many as 769 students who were given admission in the IITs this year have rejected to avail the opportunity, according to a newspaper report. 

What is more startling is that even the general category seats in various IITs have remained vacant after the first round of admission, a rare situation that has led to a second round of allotments beginning July 10.

According to the report, JEE (Advanced) chairman, H.C. Gupta said that hundreds of seats are available for the students of all categories. He also said that the most vacant seats are at ISM-Dhanbad while IT-BHU (now an IIT), which used to have many unfilled seats, does not have as many vacancies this year. 

A descent in the value of brand IIT and a piercing dip in the interest for pursuing engineering might be blamed for this ignominious situation. Since eight new IITs announced by the government in 2011have mushroomed across the country with no credible track record, students are inclining towards NITs and other top colleges more than IITs. 

Top recruiters to visit engineering colleges include IT companies like TCS and Infosys are of the opinion that it is improbable to choose candidates right after graduation and put them on live projects.