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IIT proposal: Education not about entrance exams

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Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday appointed a committee of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) directors to suggest the revised entrance system under which marks obtained in Class XII will be given importance along with the entrance marks.

Securing 60 per cent marks in Class XII will not be sufficient for the IIT aspirants from 2011.

The move is aimed at ensuring that students take their Class XII seriously and checking the growth of coaching centres, which are thriving across the country for imparting coaching to students for IIT entrance, Sibal said.

CNN-IBN discussed with education experts, Managing Director of Career Launcher, Gautam Puri and Principal of Springdales School, Ameeta M Wattal: How much weightage should Class XII Board exams be given for IIT aspirants?

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What Have the IITs Done For India?

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“Harvard No. 1, IITs not in top 100” screams the headlines in DNA.On further reading, I found that IIT Bombay (due apologies to Raj Thackeray :-P) is ranked at 163 and IIT Delhi is ranked at 181. And what’s more, the Dragon beats the Tiger here too, compared to India’s two universities in Top 200 universities worldwide, China has 6.

It got me thinking, the more I analysed as to the possible reasons why one of the world’s, if not the most, difficult university to get in (based on number of applicants:admitted students ratio) is not even in the Top 100 and the reason is that it has been beaten because of the amazing infrastructure and research that has happens in other Universities. Look at the top 10, Harvard, Cambridge, Yale and so on and you know that the research emphasis is phenomenal and this is where the IITs will continue to fail, if they continue to operate as they do now.

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These students take coaching not to get into IIT, but basic schools

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It’s not just students aspiring for something as big as IIT who opt for coaching classes, but also those who want admission in conventional schools.

Some students attend coaching to get into instititions such as Morarji Desai Residential School, Navodaya Residential Model School and Karnataka Sainik School. These government schools provide education for free and students from poor families want to study there after taking coaching classes. Why? They have to pass an entrance test to get into these conventional schools.

At a visit to Gulbarga recently, Child Commission members noticed that attendance records were full although no children were present. Then the teachers revealed that students enrolling for coaching to get into free government residential schools are given attendance even if they don’t come to class regularly. This is because if more students from a certain school clear the entrance exam, the school’s standing and prestige get better.

Learning costs Rs 18,000

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Licence to skill

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Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) were supposed to be the workshops of our progress, where the private sector, with government assistance, could mould a workforce best equipped to meet its requirements. Less than 3 per cent of the Rs 1500 crore allotted to upgrading these institutes has been used, and the private sector seems less than enthusiastic about the project so far. They are also

hobbled by inadequate infrastructure, poor instruction and systemic rigidity of the ITIs.

For all the happytalk about our demographic dividend, our workforce is appallingly untrained — only 2 per cent has skills training, compared to 96 per cent in Korea and 80 per cent in Japan. Private involvement in our ITIs was meant to prep our population, providing a 45-million-strong boost to the skilled workforce by 2012. So why is the skill development mission (of which ITIs are one strand) foundering? If there is limited demand in the manufacturing sector, as the review suggests, then service industries must step in to reorient these programmes. Making these technical institutes more self-directed and agile, and capable of meeting local market needs, is also vital. Setting up management committees to oversee instruction and placement, and giving students incentives, like membership of trade associations, tools, etc along with their diplomas is another positive step. Ultimately, industry-led skills training is the only way to bring our labour force up to speed. Germany has been doing it for decades — over 50 per cent of its students work in an industry for a couple of years after high school, before further studies. Ditto for South Africa and Brazil, where industries fund training based on their needs.

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Three new MTech programmes at IIT this year

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Three new M.Tech programmes in Catalysis Technology, Nuclear Engineering and Petroleum Engineering will be offered at IIT-Madras in the 2009-10 academic year, director M S Ananth announced on Friday.

Delivering the director’s report at the 46th convocation of the institute here on Friday, he said a five-year integrated dual degree programme would also be introduced in these disciplines.

“IIT-Madras is establishing a research park adjacent to its campus in Chennai, the first of its kind in the country. For this purpose, IIT-M has obtained 11.42 acres of land from the state government,” he added.

Pointing out that the facility was likely to be inaugurated in September, professor Ananth said they hoped to have the prime minister, the Tamil Nadu chief minister and Union Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) Kapil Sibal at the inaugural event.

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