Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HT : IIT-Kharagpur quota for staff

Hindustan Times :: 27 July 2010
IIT-Kharagpur kept aside illegal quota for staff
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 26, 2010
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur was secretly — and illegally — keeping aside a discretionary admission quota for children of its teachers and staff for over four decades, admitting dozens of students to seats they failed to secure through the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination.
Documents accessed by HT using the RTI Act show the country’s oldest IIT — started in 1951 — blocked 25 per cent of its seats in popular five-year integrated science courses (up to M.Sc level) for handpicked nominees, even as students from the rest of India had to clear the IIT-JEE for admission.
IIT wards merely needed 60 per cent marks in their Class XII Board examination and should have appeared in the IIT-JEE to be eligible for the quota seats, doled out at the institute director’s discretion. Between 2003 and 2005, those who got in through this illegal quota didn’t even need to appear for the entrance exam. The secret quota was suspended in 2005, the year the RTI Act was launched, and was abandoned in 2006 under pressure from the Joint Admission Board of all IITs, which organises entrance examination.
“This was the most shameful chapter in the history of the IITs. I tried convincing colleagues to end the quota, but failed,” said a former IIT Kharagpur director who was in charge for several years when the quota was in place.
The IIT admitted 88 students through the secret quota between 1998 and 2005, including 50 in 2003 and 2004, documents reveal. The quota was never disclosed in admission brochures — unlike all other reservations for backward communities that the IITs have.
The beneficiaries of the secret quota include the children of Madhusudan Chakraborty, now the Director of IIT Bhubaneswar and VK Tewari, the organising chairman of the IIT-JEE in 2006. Chakraborty, who has also been deputy director of IIT Kharagpur, confirmed the discretionary quota to HT but argued: “Not only my son, the sons and daughters of many others in the faculty were also admitted through this quota.”
The IIT has not disclosed exactly when the quota was started, but minutes of an August 16, 1988 board of governors meeting reveal that the quota existed even before the IIT-JEE was started in the mid-1960s.

Write to Mr. Kapil Sibal   about it


Monday, July 05, 2010

NTSE stage 2 results declared today

NCERT has declared the results today
Results can be downloaded http://www.scribd.com/doc/33945574/Result-NTSE2010
results can be seen on www.ncert.nic.in

Sunday, July 04, 2010

RTI reveals IIT-JEE record of impersonation

Impersonation is nothing new to IIT-JEE. Way back in 2000, the son of a senior faculty member, who later became director of IIT-Kharagpur and even chairperson of the Joint Admission Board (JAB), was caught red-handed impersonating.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Applying for the best RTI Citizen award

Dear all
I am applying for the best RTI citizen award after persuasion of lot of well wishers.
If you think that i am doing some thing which you value then, please recommend me for Best RTI Citizen award.
Just write to RTI awards committee on a plain paper the contact details of me and why you think I deserve to be awarded.
My contatct details are
H.No 1, New Gopal Vihar, kota -324001

You can send your applications at below mentioned addressRTI Awards, A-119, First Floor, Kaushambi, Ghaziabad – 201010, UP
Phone: 09717460029

IIT Madras Chairman does not respond to RTI applications

IITs are not  transparent in a yet another case IIT Madras Chairman has not responded to hundred of RTIs filled after this year's IIT JEE fiasco. Even the RTIs filled to MHRD are transferred to IITs on which are IITs are least concerned about replying it. Hundreds of the parents who filled RTI post JEE fiasco still to receive any reply. Most of the parents have demanded a copy of the ORS