Over 2,400 students dropped out of India’s most prestigious IITs in last two years
Indian Institute of Technology(IITs) had 2,400 dropout cases in the last two years.
- A majority of them were at the postgraduate or PhD level.
- Almost half (50%) of the dropouts were from Delhi and Kharagpur campuses.
- IITs enroll nearly 17,000 students in its undergraduate and postgraduate courses every year.
“The reasons may be attributed to shifting to other colleges, personal reasons, medical reasons, placement during PG courses and pursuing higher education abroad,” Union minister
Bad health, bad grades
The undergraduates are dropping out due to poor academic performance and medical reasons. Almost half of the students, 1,400 of them, who quit are from
Masters students however could be quitting as they are being offered jobs at state-owned firms, especially in Delhi. “On some occasions, we saw 60 students drop out from an M.Tech batch of 80. Then, we were forced to run the programme with just 20 students,” The Print reported citing Dheeraj Sanghi, a professor at IIT Kanpur.
At least half of the students who dropped out, 1,171 students were reserved categories including SCs, STs and OBCs. At IIT Bombay, all of its 260 dropouts were from the reserved quota.
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