According to an analysis done by the popular Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K), it was revealed that the annual income of the parents or their literacy level do not affect the chances of aspirants making it to the top engineering colleges in India. The IIT colleges in India are regarded as the best engineering and technology education institutes in the country and are a dream of many aspiring engineers.
The report indicated that out of the total 31,988 students who qualified JEE Advanced, incomes of 8,531 candidates was up to Rs. 1 lakh per annum only. The statistics clearly indicate that the income capacity of the parents does not come in the way of students' dreams who wish to secure admission in the IITs. The analysis report was prepared after the successful conduct of the IIT JEE 2018 exam this year.
Furthermore, approximately a total of 800 students who qualified JEE Advanced also said that their parents are illiterate and have not received any formal education training.
Please note that the inferences drawn from the study are based on the responses recorded by students at the time of filling in the online registration form and may vary or be subject to errors. IIT Kanpur just conducted the study as it had the responsibility to organize the exam.
Highlights of IIT Kanpur Study:
- Among the qualified students, 77% of them belonged to urban India while 23% belonged to the rural areas (10% village & 13% towns).
- Out of 31,988 students who qualified the exam, parents of 796 students were illiterate, 4,284 studied only till the matriculation level, 12,923 were graduates, 8,238 were employed as government jobs, 5,208 runs their own business, 3,972 were employed in private jobs, around 2,604 were engaged in agriculture and 1,388 were engineers.
- More than 52% of students went to coaching classes, 44% studied without any help, 0.86% took private tuition, 1.12% were engaged in correspondence courses.
A professor of IIT Kanpur also pointed out that emphasis must be laid on providing better learning and preparation opportunities for students belonging to the Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe (SC/ST) categories who are first-generation learners. Just like other issues relating to finances, examinations etc. are addressed, these areas shall also be given due importance.
According to the reports of 2016, 52.37% students who got admissions in IITs studied on their own but the percentage came down to 50% in 2017.
IIT Kanpur performed another analysis to evaluate the education level of students who qualified for the joint counseling session in IITs, National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) & other government funded institutes.