889 Students Dropped Out Of IITs In 2016-2017, Know Why

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| July 19 , 2017 , 16:00 IST

Considered to be among the most elite institutes of the country, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have great demand as students begin preparing for the entrance test years in advance. But what happens after admission?

According to a recent report from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), 9 percent of students, a total of 889, have dropped out of the 23 IITs in the year 2016-2017, an increase of 35 percent from the previous year.

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From the total drop outs, 71 percent (630) were students of post graduate courses, 196 were Ph.D. scholars and 63 were undergraduate students.

According to MHRD, "The main reason for Ph.D. and postgraduate students leaving courses midway are offers for placement in public sector enterprises and personal preference for better opportunities elsewhere".

In comparison, undergraduate students mostly dropped out due to making wrong choices at admission time, poor performance, and personal reasons.

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From the total 23 IITs, 14 have registered dropouts, while the most recently established IITs in Tirupati, Bhilai, Goa, Dharwad, Jammu, and Dhanbad had no dropouts. The maximum number of dropouts (27 percent) were from IIT Roorkee followed by IIT Delhi with 20.6 percent, Kanpur with 17.4 percent and finally Kharagpur with 10.6 percent.

The MHRD report highlighted another area of concern regarding the IITs; a shortage of faculty. Around 35 percent of faculty posts across the IITs remain vacant as from the 13,012 sanctioned posts more than 4,500 are vacant. The ministry has allowed faculty working under the central government and central autonomous bodies to join the IITs to meet the shortage.