BENGALURU, AUGUST 5: What can bring attention to quality of Indian Higher Education, nearly 2500 students have dropped out of the most sought after Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the last two years, surfaced a data provided by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) to the Rajya Sabha. Interestingly, of the total recorded drop-out number of 2641 students from the 23 IITs, 57% were from IITs Delhi and Kharagpur.
While, a total of 782 students dropped out of IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur records that 622. Significantly, the IIT dropout number for other IITs like IIT Bombay, Kanpur and Madras were far less. Wherein, as many as 263 students dropped out of IIT Bombay, 190 of IIT Kanpur and 128 from IIT Madras.
In response to the question asked in Rajya Sabha, the MHRD explained that the reasons could be attributed to shifting to another course or college, personal, medical and even placements during PG programmes or pursuing higher education abroad.
“The dropout in the undergraduate programmes is attributed to withdrawal due to wrong choices filled, poor academic performance, personal and medical reasons,” the MHRD said, adding that the institutes were taking correctional measures to “de-stress the students”.
Another surprising aspect that emerges from the IIT dropout number is that 1171 of the total dropout numbers, which account to 47.5% of the total dropouts, students belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class categories.
Interestingly the seats reserved for the reserved categories is almost 50% of the total intake in a particular programme. Referring to the Government norms, 27% of the total seats are reserved for the OBC category, 15% seats for the SC category and 7.5% for the STs, which combined makes it 49.5%. Therefore, the reserved categories IIT dropout numbers signify that almost half of the students who enrolled for a programme in IITs, dropped out.
The number, however, doesn’t sound an alarming situation for many including academicians and legislators.
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