“ 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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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

513 - Kakodkar model rejected by IIT directors

23 September 2013 

IIT directors are against Anil Kakodkar's model that seeks to reduce the IITs' reliance on government funding

IIT directors are against Anil Kakodkar's recommendations and have told the HRD ministry that such a model will "strongly constrain the future growth of the IITs". Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar's model suggests that IITs' reliance on government funding must be curtailed.While this may assure greater financial autonomy to IIT’s, the directors do not seem to agree
The IIT directors have pointed out that IITs are not just about teaching but are "strategic assets of the nation". They thus summed up their desire to remain funded by the government. This matter will be taken up at the IIT council meeting in September 16. The IIT directors have spoken on the Kakodakar Committee's recommendations on governance, autonomy and finances saying that "the proposed model is not consistent with the funding pattern of any reputed public research university". "
The IITs reiterated that in order to attain an international profile there will be massive expenditure. Expenses will rise from the current rate and this gap must be filled by the Government and not student fees and overheads.
The changes that the Kakodkar Committee desires will extend greater financial autonomy to IITs. The committee’s counsel was put forward at the IIT council meeting in January this year. The IIT directors had asked for time to form a consensus on the recommendations.
The IIT directors' note makes their stand clear while stating "It may be noted that no reputed public research university in the world is financially self-sustaining and in most cases the universities are considerably subsidised by public funds ... IITs cannot progress without such government support. It is suggested that IITs may be treated as strategic assets of the nation, rather than just teaching institutes, since the institutes do much more than education,".
The IIT directors have put their weight behind their old proposal to fund an IIT's operational expenses based on a Block Grant Scheme with the amount proportionate to the number of students enrolled. They gave the examples of public funded varsities like the National University of Singapore and Beijing's Tsinghua University which have improved due to their mode of financial support.